BIRGUNJ: Import of pulses from India via the Birgunj Customs Point has drastically increased in the past 11 months.
According to Regional Plant Quarantine Office Birgunj, 5,857 metric tons of pulses worth over Rs.2.45 million was imported via the customs point in this period which is higher by 75 percent as compared to last year.
Increase in import of pulses from India shows that domestic production is not sufficient to meet the demand in the country.
A large amount of pulse of Rahar variety was imported via the customs point in this period, said Quarantine Officer Mohan Mahato.
A total of 1,783 metric tons of Rahar pulse worth Rs.71. 32 million was imported in the same period from the customs point. The import of Rahar dal in the corresponding period last year was 1,042 metric tons.
However, import of Musur pulse decreased by 45 percent compared to the past in the corresponding period.
Only 979 metric tons of Musur pulse was imported from the point as against 2,753 metric tons last year, it is learnt.