The Commerce Ministry has amended the import policy of Yellow Peas ( Pisum sativum ) putting it on the restricted list through a notification on April 25, 2018.

Peas import, previously on the free list, has now been restricted for three months from April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.

During this period, a maximum of one lakh tonne is allowed including the quantity already imported in April so far.

This means the quantity that has arrived as of the date of notification and shipments backed by irrevocable commercial letters of credit and advance payment made through banks before this date are exempted, the notification said.

With this, yellow peas — on which the Centre had levied 50 per cent import duty last year — joins the list of pulses put on the restricted list since August 2017 in a bid to arrest declining prices of pulses.

Previously, in separate notifications it restricted tur (pigeon pea), urad (black matpe) and moong (green moong).