Inflation of other food components down but prices of pulses see a spike, says a report by CRISIL
GN Bureau | November 17, 2015
As the families struggle to maintain balanced diet in view of sky-rocketing prices of pulses, CRISIL research, in a report, has said that this price-rise has been the sharpest in a decade. According to the global analytics company while all food components were seeing a decline in inflation, pulses inflation saw the sharpest spike.
In October, the CPI and WPI inflation for pulses was 42 percent and 53 percent respectively. The overall food inflation this fiscal, meanwhile, has come down to 4.1 percent from 7.6 percent in the same period last fiscal. In the last decade, while overall WPI inflation rate fell to 6.3 percent, pulses inflation has been much higher at 9.4 percent on an average.
“Such high inflation rate in pulses is undesirable for a country where pulses are second most important part of diet after cereals and an average Indian spends nearly 5% of his food expenditure on pulses,” CRISIL research said.
The report highlights increasing apprehension of farmers in growing pulses. “A high fluctuation in prices has meant that farmers are seldom sure of getting stable returns. This may have led to large-scale substitution of area under pulses cultivation with other high-value crops that give comparatively higher returns.”
“Pulses are highly risk-prone because most of the production is rain-dependent. Barely 16% of total pulses area is covered by irrigation and, hence, the crop is highly vulnerable to monsoon shocks,” the report said.
Governance Now has reported on reasons behind price-rise of pulses, and an on-ground report on its impact on daily expenditures of the masses:
Why your dal is so costly
"Urad dal and moong dal are Rs 200 a kilo. Is that development?"
The dazzling diamond trade has been hit hard by the Nirav Modi episode, which saw the billionaire jeweller flee India just before a massive fraud amounting to Rs 11,000 crore was detected at a Punjab National Bank branch in Mumbai. But, Nirav Modi is not the only diamond tycoon who has been
PM Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for Rs 16,700 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport. The first phase of the construction is expected to be completed by December 2019. The project is going to be implemented 21 years after it was first proposed. The airport is likely to handle 10 milli
Health groups have expressed their disappointment with a February 12 order of the supreme court, refusing to review or recall an earlier order disposing off a case against the mala fide suspension of the vaccine public sector units (PSUs) and government’s tendency to pamper private sector with public
The Punjab National Bank`s fraudulent transactions worth Rs 11,300 crore should act as a strong trigger for the government for reducing its stake to less than 50 percent in the banks which should then be allowed to work on the lines of private sector lenders with a full sense of accountability to their sha
Budget 2018, forecast to be a “please all” budget, has come out as a “disappoint all” budget. The public is looking askance at a budget that gives with one hand but takes away with both, the Sensex has gone into a tailspin and the pink papers are issuing dire warnings.
Should public sector banks be privatised?