Pulses to be imported from Burma, Africa, Canada: Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman also says 1 lakh tonnes of lentil will be available in markets soon to keep a lid on prices


A file photo of commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Photo: Mint
A file photo of commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Photo: Mint

Shimla: Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said pulses will be imported from Burma, Africa and Canada and 1 lakh tonnes of lentil will be available in markets soon to keep a lid on prices.

The government is also encouraging farmers to increase production of pulses. Sitharaman, who was in Bilaspur to highlight the achievements of the Modi government, told reporters that the government has decided to ban import of milk and milk products from China, but the import of other products cannot be banned completely due to conditions imposed under the World Trade Organization.

“Unless there is evidence that import of these products could cause harm, import of products from China cannot be stopped,” she added. On rising prices of fruits and vegetables, the minister said the problem lies in the fact that there are no agri marketing yards, growers are not getting genuine prices for their produce, which is not reaching the areas where demand is more.

According to the minister, the foundation stone of a hydro engineering college in Bilaspur will be laid soon and the prime minister is seized of the matter. She also said that the government is making all possible efforts to implement the poll promises and the biggest achievement is there has been no scam during two years of rule of the National Democratic Alliance government.

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