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Centre assures states & farmers to procure pulses (Tur, Urad & Masur) at MSP

New Delhi, June 21 (UNI) Centre on Friday assured the states and farming community to procure pulses – Tur, Urad and Masur, at Minimum Support Prices (MSP) to ensure crop diversification and achieve self-sufficiency in pulse production.
Chairing a virtual meeting with agriculture ministers of various states, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shivraj Singh 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 farmer registration, and the 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 of the facility of assured procurement, an official release said.
The Union Minister said that the country is not self-sufficient in the production of these three crops and aims to achieve self-sufficiency by 2027.
The Minister complemented the states for their efforts in increasing pulse production by 50 percent since 2015-16 but called for more efforts in increasing the yield per hectare and motivating farmers to grow pulses.
He appreciated the fact that the country has achieved self-sufficiency in green gram (moong) and gram (chana) and mentioned that the country has reduced dependency on imports from 30 percent to 10 percent during the last 10 years.
“States must work as a team with the Center to make India not only self-sufficient in foodgrain production but also the food basket of the world,” he said.
He informed about the new Model Pulses Village scheme, which is being rolled out during the current Kharif season. The minister requested that the state governments utilize the fallow lands that are available for pulses after the rice crop is harvested.
He 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.
The Minister spoke regarding the need for crop diversification towards cash crops and the need to restore the fertility of the soil. He stressed the requirement of timely and quality inputs to farmers, such as good quality seeds, for increasing productivity and assured maximum support regarding this.
The meeting was called to realize the necessity for immediate attention to increase pulse production in the country with a view to reducing imports.
State Agriculture Ministers of the major pulse-producing states, namely, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Bihar, and Telangana, were present during the meeting.
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