India proposes agreement to buy pulses from Mozambique

7 July 2016

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is expected Thursday in Maputo to examine with the government of Mozambique a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of pulses, approved Tuesday at an Indian cabinet meeting held in New Delhi.

On announcing the approval of the memorandum, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said the pulses to be produced in Mozambique are the most popular varieties in India, including arhar and urad.

Sources quoted by the Times of India said the Indian government will provide quality seeds and technical assistance to farmers in Mozambique involved in this project, and may even offer financial aid and a guarantee to buy the entire harvest.

Specifically, India intends to acquire 100,000 tons of pulses at the end of the first harvest from Mozambique at the minimum guaranteed price paid by the government to Indian producers, which under the memorandum is expected to increase to 200,000 tons in 2020/2021.

Narendra Modi begins today in Maputo a tour that will take him to four African countries: Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. (macauhub/MZ)