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Government saves Rs 15,000 crore by reducing pulses import

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 malnutrition.

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.
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