Retail prices of pulses have softened by up to 6 per cent in last one week and the arrival of new crops will further ease rates, the government said today.
“Retail prices of pulses have registered declining trends as per market reports received from the states. Release of pulses seized under de-hoarding operations is being expedited. Arrival of new crop has also started. This will help to moderate prices further,” an official release said.
The average retail prices of tur (arhar) dal dropped by 3.59 per cent yesterday to Rs 152.11 per kg against Rs 157.77 per kg a week ago.
Urad dal prices fell by 6.08 per cent to Rs 141.28 per kg from Rs 150.43 a kg a week ago, while moong dal rates declined by 1.56 per cent to Rs 109.45 per kg during the review period.
Gram dal fell marginally to Rs 69.6 per kg from Rs 69.66 per kg a week ago, the statement said.
Yesterday, the government had said that over 5,366 tonnes of pulses have been offloaded in the markets so far out of a total 1.32 lakh tonnes seized from hoarders in raids conducted by the states.
Pulses prices are currently ruling as high as Rs 190 per kg in the retail markets across the country as their output dipped by 2 million tonnes in the 2014-15 crop year on poor and untimely rains.
According to the Consumer Affairs Ministry data, the maximum price of tur dal is ruling today at Rs 180 per kg, urad Rs 190 per kg, moong Rs 135 per kg, masoor Rs 110 per kg and gram Rs 85 per kg.
However, the average price of tur dal is Rs 140 per kg, urad Rs 135 per kg, moong Rs 110 per kg, masoor Rs 91.67 per kg and gram Rs 70 per kg.
Price Monitoring Cell (PMC) in the Department of Consumer Affairs is responsible for monitoring prices of selected essential commodities.
Retail and wholesale prices of 22 commodities from 75 centers are received daily from the State Civil Supplies Departments of the respective state governments.
Pulses prices had crossed Rs 200 per kg in the retail markets, but the rates have now softened to some extent.
To boost domestic supply and check prices, the government has taken several steps including sale of imported pulses at cheaper rate, imposition of stock-holding limits, dehoarding operations and creation of buffer stocks.