The government has
saved Rs 15,000 annually reducing the dependence on imports for pulses.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the production of pulses
has gone up from 14 million tonnes to 24 million tonnes over 5-6 years.
We are working towards achieving self sufficiency in pulses production
says Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar
“We are working
towards achieving self sufficiency in pulses production since the Modi
government took over. Now we need to work towards meeting requirement which is
likely to go up to 32 million tonnes by 2050. We have focused heavily on
cultivation of pulses. This has reduced the import of pulses drastically,”
Tomar said, while addressing on the occasion of world pulses day
He said that the
government has promoted cultivation of pulses by purchasing pulses at minimum
support price (MSP).
“We have increased
MSP of pulses by 40-73% in last 6 years. The payment to pulses farmer has gone
up by 40 times to Rs 10,530 crore,” he said.
Tomar said that
pulses are the sources of protein to people and it helps in fighting against
The sowing of pulses in
this winter season has gone up by 3% to 16.73 million hectares. The acreage in
summer season was also up by 5% to 14 million hectare.