The government has put the imports of urad and moong dal under the restricted category with the intention ofstabilizing domestic prices. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade said the import of the two pulses will be restricted to a yearly quota of three lakh tonnes.
“Import of urad and moong dal is revised from free to restricted,” the DGFT said in a notification. However, this import limit will not apply to nations with whom India has bilateral and regional agreements, said the DGFT said.
The government’s move will help stabilise domestic prices that have dropped below the minimum support level and will also aid farmers. Earlier this month, the government had put imports of pigeon peas and toor dal under the restricted category.