Government is targeting pulses output of 26.30 million tonnes this year: Agriculture Minister

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Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar feels that India is doing great on becoming a self-sufficient country in the production of the protein-rich commodity. Not only this, the minister also believes that it will further boost the output to meet global demand.

Speaking at an event on the occasion of World Pulses Day, Tomar said that the government has taken many measures including a hike in the minimum support price and procurement of pulses to support farmers.

The country had produced 23.40 million tonnes of pulses during 2018-19 crop year (July-June), still short of annual domestic demand of 26-27 million tonnes. The gap is met through imports.

However, for the current year, the government is targeting pulses output of 26.30 million tonnes.

Tomar said, “pulses are becoming necessary not only in India but also in other countries. We witnessed a massive shortage of pulses initially but now the situation has improved.”

Research and development (R&D) at the government’s research body Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and appropriate policy intervention has helped achieve substantial increase in pulses output in the last few years, he said.

Proving his point further, Tomar said: “As of now, maximum of the domestic requirement is being met in India Itself. We will further boost pulses production and will also help in meeting the global demand.”

The Minister also launched an organic range of pulses at the day-long event, organised by cooperative Nafed and Dubai-based non-profit body Global Pulses Confederation (GPC).