It has as many people as Punjab, and its people are three times poorer. But Narendra Modi became the first prime minister to visit Mozambique in 34 years because the impoverished South African country has something every Indian wants.
Dal. Or Pulses.
India -- the world's leading producer of pulses, with 22 per cent of global output --signed a contract to import 100,000 tonnes of pulses from Mozambique in 2016-17, doubling to two lakh tonnes by 2020-21. That would still be no more than two per cent of 2015-16 imports and 0.5 per cent of what Indian farms grow.