India has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mozambican government to import 375,000 tons of legume pulses by 2019, indicates information delivered by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the Indian Parliament.
India will accordingly buy 100,000 tons of Mozambican pulses in 2016/7. The amount will increase the following year to 125,000 tons and to 150,000 tons in 2018/9.
In 2015/6 India spent US$3.90 billion to import 5.79 million tons of pulses, versus US$2.78 billion for 4.58 million tons the previous agricultural year, reports the Press Trust of India news agency.
Last June the Indian government approved the purchase from Mozambique of up to 200,000 tons annually of legume varieties most appreciated in India over the next five years.
Domestic legume production fell to 17.06 million tons in the 2015/16 agricultural year (July to June), versus 17.15 million tons the previous year and 19 million tons in 2013/14. (Macauhub/MZ)