Moong, urad dal prices soar in city
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It was tur dal that was expensive at Rs 90 per kg so far, but moong dal and urad dal have also become dearer now with the prices going up in the past two weeks. In the retail market, moong is available at Rs 85Rs 90 per kg, while urad dal is at Rs 65-70 per kg.
Traders say demand for these pulses continues to outstrip supply. By this time of the year, Pune gets moong crop from Karnataka and Rajasthan - this year that has not come which has caused prices to soar in the last two weeks. The kharif harvest for both moong and urad in Maharashtra was less by 30 per cent because of the rainfall deficiency in July, which led to reduced acreage.
Traders are saying the rains in Karnataka are also partially responsible for rising prices by way of increasing demand for the pulses crop, although moong crop was harvested by September end, before the floods set in. Urad dal is primarily from Latur, with some also coming from Solapur and Jalgaon, where the production was lower this year.
"Large quantities of moong comes from Rajasthan and UP around this time; this year because of drought-like situation, moong has failed everywhere," said Rajendra Bhatiya, APMC trader. "Moong was only Rs 60 per kg, urad was at Rs 50. This increase of price has been over the last fortnight," said Nitin Nahar, pulses traders. While tur dal is being made available at the public distribution shops, moong and urad dals are not.
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