Pulses Production Technology: Status and Way Forward

Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 52, pp. 73-80, December 2009

8 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2010

See all articles by A Amarender A. Reddy

A Amarender A. Reddy

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)

Date Written: December 25, 2009

Abstract

India is the largest producer and consumer of pulses in the world. However, pulses production has been stagnant at between 11 and 14 million tonnes over the last two decades. Per capita pulses consumption over the years has come down from 61gm/day in 1951 to 30 gm/day in 2008. This paper analyses the status of pulses production technology, constraints in cultivation of pulses and the possibilities of increasing production. It emphasises the expansion of area under short duration varieties, development of multiple disease/pest resistance varieties, use of micro-nutrients like zinc and sulphur and increase in area under rabi pulse crops to increase pulses production. The minimum support price is not effective for pulse crops; prevailing market prices should be taken into account while fixing the msp to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

Keywords: agricultural, production, technology

Suggested Citation

Reddy, A Amarender A., Pulses Production Technology: Status and Way Forward (December 25, 2009). Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 52, pp. 73-80, December 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1537540 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1537540

A Amarender A. Reddy (Contact Author)

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) ( email )

New Delhi
India

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