India permits 291 tonnes of pulses to be exported to Maldives until 2016-17

India has permitted exports of an estimated 291 tonnes of pulses, the shipment of which is banned, to Maldives until 2016-17, reported the Economic Times.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade has said in a recent statement, “Export of pulses to Maldives has been permitted for the years 2014-15 to 2016-17,” reported the online media outlet.

According to the report, a source stated that although exports of pulses are banned, the Indian government ships the commodity to the neighbouring country for diplomatic purposes.

Pulses exports have been banned in India since June 2006 in order to augment the domestic supply and to check prices.