SME News, Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 13:38:06 PM IST
NEW DELHI: India imported 2.66 million tonnes of pulses in April-January period of the financial year 2011-12 to address domestic demand. The comparative figures for the fiscal year 2010-11 were not available.
India is presently considered as the world’s largest pulses producer and consumer. It had imported 2.69 million tonnes during the complete 2010-11 fiscal year, said the data tabled in the Lok Sabha by Food Minister Prof K V Thomas.
The domestic demand of pulses has been pegged at 18.84 million tonnes for the previous financial year.
According to the third advance predictions released by the Agriculture Ministry, the pulses production slipped to 17.02 million tonnes during the 2011-12 crop year (July-June) as compared to a record 18.24 million tonnes in the previous year.
Thomas also stated that the wholesale prices of pulses, except gram, were lower during FY12 fiscal as against the previous year.
With the above news, we should think again and again to produce more pulses for self dependency.
Pulses are very important for our healthy food consumption and we are running behind commercial crops.
We can grow pulses as inter crops along with other crops first fro our own consumption and than for selling them.
Let us set our target to produce pulses first for us and than think of others. Own grown pulses are free from contamination or any other problems.