New Delhi: State-run trading firm MMTC has invited bids for the sale of 10,000 tonnes of imported chana (chick pea) in the domestic market.
“About 8,000 tonnes of chana would arrive this month while the rest would be shipped in December 2007,” the company said in its tender.
The bids would close on 22 November and a decision on the tender would be taken by 30 November, MMTC said, adding that the commodity would be of Australian origin grown during 2006-07 season.
Chana will be sold in lots of 2,000 tonnes or more. “The material is expected to arrive Mumbai port in November-December 2007 and January 2008,” it said.
MMTC said parties bidding for the full quantity will be given preference.
Agriculture and Food Minister Sharad Pawar had said in the Economic Editors’ Conference: “As per an initiative of the government, the state agencies — STC, MMTC and PEC and Nafed — would target to import 15 lakh tonnes of pulses. Out of the total contracts of 12.18 lakh tonne made by these agencies, 6.44 lakh tonne has arrived up to October 30.”
The government announced import of pulses through these four public sector firms in April to augment the domestic supply and in turn stabilize prices. It is also extending 15% subsidy for importing pulses.