PEC to import 28,000 tonne pulses

PEC to import 28,000 tonne pulses


New Delhi: To boost domestic supply, state-owned trading firm Project Equipment Commodities (PEC) has invited bids for import of 28,000 tonnes of pulses to be delivered between October and November.

Bids would close on 13October and the decision on the tender would be taken by 20October, the company website said.

PEC said it would import 12,000 tonnes of tur, 7,000 tonnes of urad (black mapte), 4,000 tonnes of chana (chick peas), 3,000 tonnes of moong (green gram) and 2,000 tonnes of red lentils.

Bidder should source pulses grown in the current season from Myanmar, Tanzania, Mozambique, East Africa, Australia and Canada, it said.

According to the tender, 19,000 tonnes of pulses would be delivered at ports in Mumbai, 5,000 tonnes in Kolkata and 4,000 tonnes in Chennai between October and November.

A bidder should quote for the entire quantity of each pulse variety for particular port, it said.

India imports pulses as output is lower than demand. Pulses production is estimated at 15.11 million tonnes in 2007-08 crop year, while the domestic demand is around 17-18 million tonnes.