After onions, 'pulse' rates set to rattle consumers

Prices will increase by at least Rs 15-20 per kg in the next few days, say traders

After onions, 'pulse' rates  set to rattle consumers

It is not just the prices of onions that have left the consumers teary eyed, even the prices of pulses is expected to sky rocket this festival season.

According to the wholesale traders of APMC Yard, Yeshwantpur, the prices of tur dal, moong dal, urad dal will increase by a minimum of Rs 15 to Rs 20 per kg in the next few days.

Puttaraju, a trader from APMC yard, said, “Presently, the price of tur dal is Rs 150 per kg and the imported variety is Rs 10 less. The rate is expected to increase to Rs 175 per kg in retail markets as it is festival season.” In the last 15 days, the prices of these pulses have already shot up, said Ramamurthy B N, a retail trader from KR Market.

“Due to shortage of rainfall and less yield, the price of pulses has been increased by Rs 25–Rs 30 by farmers. While moong dal was earlier priced at Rs 105, now it costs Rs 130 per kg. Similarly, urad dal was priced Rs 110 and now it is being sold at 140 per kg,” he said.

Murali K V, a trader from Uttarahalli, said that it was not just due to festivals round the corner that prices are expected to increase, but also due to low yield. He said, “Out of all the pulses, tur dal is affected the most as there is a shortage of that crop. The crop yields only in December and thus, the prices will further increase in future. Presently, tur dal is priced at Rs 155 per kg and will increase to Rs 175 soon.”

The city wholesale and retail traders said that they procure the pulses mostly from Kalaburagi and Bidar. A few traders said that the market rates of the pulses would also depend on the demand and supply of the produce. “If the State receives rainfall and yield is more, there are chances of a reduction in the prices,” said K Raju, a retail trader from Marathahalli. 

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