Centre assures 100 percent procurement of pulses for farmers

Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Chouhan reviewing pulses production in the country

New Delhi, June 21. Union Minister of Agriculture, Farmers Welfare and Rural Development Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, the Centre is committed to 100 percent procurement of Tur, Urad and Masur dal at Minimum Support Prices (MSP) to ensure crop diversification and achieve self-sufficiency in pulses production. Chairing a virtual meeting with agriculture ministers of various states at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi today, Shivashankar Chauhan said e-Samridhi portal has been launched through National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India Limited (NCCF) for registration of farmers and government is committed to procure these pulses at MSP for farmers registered on the portal. He urged the State Governments to encourage more and more farmers to register on this portal so that they can avail the facility of assured procurement.

The Union Minister said that the country is not self-sufficient in production of these three crops and aims to achieve self-sufficiency by 2027. Chauhan complemented the states for their efforts in increasing pulses production by 50 percent since 2015-16 but called for more efforts in increasing the yield per hectare and motivating farmers for growing pulses.

Union Agriculture Minister appreciated the fact that the country has achieved self-sufficiency in green gram (moong) and chana and mentioned that the country has reduced dependency on imports from 30 percent to 10 percent during last 10 years. Shri Chauhan urged the states to work as a team with Centre for making India not only self-sufficient in foodgrains production but also the Food basket of the World.

Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Chouhan informed about the new Model Pulses Village scheme which is being rolled out from the current Kharif season. The minister requested the State Governments to utilize the fallow lands which are available for pulses after the rice crop is harvested. Shri Chauhan also asked the State Governments to take up inter-cropping of Tur in a vigorous manner. He mentioned that the State Governments should share their best practices with each other and visits should be undertaken for this. He mentioned that the elected representatives such as MPs, MLAS should be actively involved in the KVKs.

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