India has put a cap on imports of pigeon peas at 200,000 tonnes. The restriction will help support local prices of pigeon peas in the world's biggest importer of the lentils, but will put pressure on producers such as Myanmar, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi which rely on exports to India.

In the fiscal year running from April to March traders can import no more than 200,000 tonnes, the Indian government said in a statement.

"After the bumper production, restriction on the imports was necessary to support local prices. The government should now allow export of lentils as well," said Pravin Dongre, chairman of the India Pulses and Grains Association.

India had imported 703,540 tonnes pigeon peas, also known as arhar or tur locally, in 2016/17 fiscal year ended on March 31.

India's pigeon peas production jumped 80 percent to 4.6 million tonnes in 2016/17.