Dal mills have urged government to remove Goods and Services Tax (GST) from branded pulses to aid them compete and expand business in overseas market. Currently, branded pulses attract 5 per cent GST. GST and poor availability of raw materials amid sharp fluctuation in pulses prices have escalated cost of operations of dal mills forcing many to slash output, dal mills said.
All India Dal Mills Association president Suresh Agrawal said, “Government should remove GST from branded pulses and should strictly monitor imports of pulses to help farmers and traders.” Agrawal said, “There is no need to import pulses because pulses production is higher this year.” Industry players said that high cost of operations and poor prices for finished goods make trade opportunities difficult for dal mills locally and internationally. Representatives from dal and grains mills and packaging industry shared their views at a three-day exhibition GrainEX India that begun on Friday. Lack of skilled workers and inefficiency in packaging also hurts dal mills, industry players said. There are over 150 dal mills in Indore.
On inaugural session, industry players discussed issues hurting industry and measures to overcome problems. Around 100 exhibitors displayed modern and advanced machinery and techniques at the exhibition. Around 2,000 industry players from across the world have participated in the exhibition. Advanced machinery such as sorter, destoner and packaging machinery caught the attention at exhibition. Dinesh Agrawal, owner of a dal mill said, “Such platforms are very important for industry to share and gain information on new technology and machinery as they help in increasing efficiency and productivity of units.”