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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
31-August-2012 16:32 IST
Incentives to Increase Production of Pulses
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            The following programmes/schemes are being implemented to increase production of pulses:

Accelerated Pulses Production Programme (A3P) has been launched as part of National Food Security Mission (NFSM) from 2010-11 where under one million hectare of potential pulses areas for the major pulses crops namely Tur, Urad, Moong, Gram and Lentil have been taken up for large scale demonstration of technology in compact blocks.

Integrated Development of 60,000 Pulses Village in Rainfed Areas is implemented from 2011-12 under the ongoing scheme of ‘Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKYY)’ through in situ   moisture   conservation  activities   such  as  new farm  ponds, seed minikits  and  pestsurveillance etc. Research projects on pulses such as (i) Enhancing Lentil Production for enhanced livelihood in Rice Fallow Areas in Eastern India; (ii) Enhancing Grass pea Production for safe human food, animal feed and sustainable rice based production system are implemented.

Special Plan to achieve 19+ Million Tonnes of Pulses production during kharif 2012-13 envisages utilization of new areas through intercropping, improving planting techniques and irrigation use efficiency for inclusive water management and use of important critical but low cost input like sulphur and weedicides and productivity boosters. Interventions like additional pipes for water carrying and Drip/Sprinklers are implemented through Micro Irrigation Scheme.

Moreover, with a view to incentivise the farmers to increase the production and productivity of pulses, the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of pulses have been raised substantially during the last three years as indicated in the following table:

        Pulses

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

Arhar (Tur)

2300

3000 *

3200 *

Moong

2760

3170 *

3500 *

Urad

2520

2900 *

3300 *

Gram

1760

2100

2800

Masur (Lentil)

1870

2250

2800

* Additional incentive at the rate of Rs.500/- per quintal of tur, urad and moong sold to procurement agencies payable during the harvest/arrival period of two months.

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This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

 

MP:CP: pulses (31.8.2012)