New Delhi: The government approved the merging of all pulses promotion schemes under a single window to improve domestic production.
At present, retail price of key pulses such as tur, urad and moong are ruling up to Rs80 a kg due to supply-demand gap. India produces 14-15 million tonnes pulses against an annual demand of 17-18 million tonnes, the rest 3-4 million tonnes are imported.
“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved merging of all pulses promotion schemes under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM),” an official statement said on Thursday.
The NFSM targets to raise pulses production by two million tonnes by 2011-12.
Additional programmes such as “Accelerated Pulses Production Programme (A3P)” and innovative development and research projects have also been included in NFSM, it said.
The government will spend Rs1,691.38 crore benefiting two crore farmers to implement the scheme by 2011-12.
The entire crop area under pulses in 458 districts of 16 states will now be covered by NFSM, which was earlier restricted to 171 districts in 14 states.
Implementation of A3P in 1 million hectares is estimated to bring in additional pulses production of 0.5 million tonnes.