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No crispy affair for papad manufacturers as urad dal prices skyrocket

It is no crispy affair for papad manufacturers in Tamil Nadu as sudden spurt in price of urad dhal has put the industry in dire straits.

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Updated: Oct 18, 2015, 11.52 AM IST
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However, as the price of urad dhal has been witnessing a steep increase, papad manufacturers have begun knocking at the doors of State and Central governments seeking intervention.
However, as the price of urad dhal has been witnessing a steep increase, papad manufacturers have begun knocking at the doors of State and Central governments seeking intervention.
CHENNAI: It is no crispy affair for papad manufacturers in Tamil Nadu as sudden spurt in price of urad dhal, a main ingredient for making the delicacy, has put the industry in dire straits.

The crunchy papad or the traditional 'appalam' in Tamil occupies the pride of place during meals at any function in the state.

However, as the price of urad dhal has been witnessing a steep increase, papad manufacturers have begun knocking at the doors of State and Central governments seeking intervention.

"We have not experienced this kind of a situation in the past. Not over several years. There has been a steep hike in price of urad dhal recently," Tamil Nadu Appalam Manufacturers Welfare Association President Surendran told PTI.

The price of urad dhal has trebled since last year from Rs 6,000 per quintal to Rs 18,000 a quintal now, he said.

"Due to the sudden increase, most hotels have stopped serving papad during meals to customers. I came to know they compensate by issuing chips or something like that."

According to him, the Rs 750 crore papad industry employs about 3.50 lakh people. "There are more than 5,000 companies involved in this trade. About 75 per cent of them are women."

Surendran alleged that due to 'online trading' and 'hoarding' by manufacturers there is a spurt in the price of urad dhal.

He said the association raised the issue when Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was in Coimbatore last week. "After hearing our pleas she said they (the Ministry) will look into the matter," he said.

"What we want is, just like the Government decided to import onions to check prices, we want the government to take some kind of remedial action, considering the issue."

To a query, he said currently papad manufacturers find it difficult to run factories even for two days because of shortage of urad dhal.

"Earlier the factories used to run for five or six days a week. But now we are finding it very difficult to run them for at least two days," he said.

The Indian made 'papad' not only served local market, but was also shipped overseas. Exports also have 'dwindled'.

"About 30 containers each consisting of 18,000 kg of papads were earlier shipped annually to various countries from places like Chennai and Mumbai. But, now, it has declined drastically to five or six containers."

"We have sought appointment with state government officials so that we will be able to explain our situation. Hopefully, we should meet them next week," he said.

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