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New Delhi : The production of pulses in the current year is likely to touch 22.14 million tonnes, well beyond the target of 21.25 million tonnes. This will be a record of sorts as production of pulses in 2009-10 was only 14.66 million tonnes.

The has become possible due to appropriate policy interventions, programme initiatives, close monitoring by the government and availability of good soil moisture due to normal monsoon and efforts of the farmers. The Government of India also took initiatives to provide better Minimum Support Price (MSP) along with bonus to promote growing pulses in more area and protection of interest of farmers. A decision has been taken to procure 2 million tonnes of pulses for buffer stock through NAFED, SFAC and FCI and to provide better price to farmers for their produce, according to a PIB release.

Recognizing the shortage of pulses, a five year roadmap starting from 2016-17 has been drawn up to meet the requirement of pulses targeting 24 Million tonnes by the end of 2020-21. The strategy included motivating the states for higher coverage of rainfed areas in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, UP, Tamil Nadu and rice fallows in Eastern States through cluster demonstrations of technology by Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs)/ states, intercropping with cereals, oilseeds and commercial crops; cultivation of Arhar (Tur) on farm bunds.

 

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