New Delhi: The widening gap between the demand and supply of pulses in the country and uncontrolled price fluctuation calls for a second green revolution in order to contain inflation, industry body Assocham said on 2 April.
The chamber’s paper on ‘growth of pulses´ has recommended second green revolution to produce high yield variety of pulses to enhance annual production in order to meet rising demand and contain rising prices.
“With pulses production stagnating at around 13 MT as against their annual demand of 18-9 MT, uncontrolled price fluctuations until arrested could bring pains to consumer and government and pose biggest challenge before it to contain inflation,” a statement said.
There was no breakthrough in high yield varieties of pulses even at the time of green revolution, as a result there is a near stagnation in output and a decline in the per capita availability.
“During 2006-07, the country consumed over 17 MT of pulse, while its production has stagnated at 11-13 MT for last five years,” the paper said.
A surge in the global demand against the poor supply from India, Syria, Turkey and Russia would also have severe impact on Indian market, the paper observed.
The production has declined in most of the countries against Canada, which registered significant growth followed by Brazil and Myanmar.
However, India continues to be the world’s largest producer of pulses but to meet the domestic demands, it has to rely on imports from countries like USA, Canada, Australia, Myanmar, Turkey, Tanzania and Canada.