The country will become self-sufficient in pulses and oilseeds production soon with the government taking steps to boost yields thro ugh use of better quality se eds and technologies.
The country will become self-sufficient in pulses and oilseeds production soon with the government taking steps to boost yields thro?ugh use of better quality se?eds and technologies.
“We achieved a record pr?o?duction of pulses in the 2016-17 crop year. The sowing area is also higher this year. We are progressing towards self-sufficiency. In 2-3 years, we will become self-sufficient in pulses,” agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Sunday.
The country imports over 5 million tonnes of pulses and about 14.5 million ton?nes of vegetable oils (comprising edible and non-edible oils) every year to meet domestic demand.
Addressing the 89th fou?n?dation day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Singh said the government is not only focusing on raising production but taking steps to make agriculture ‘income-centr?ic’ as part of its target to double farmers’ income by 2022.
The minister asked ICAR scientists to work in a mission mode to achieve this target as well as the overall development of agriculture and allied sectors, which contribute 18 per cent to GDP. He emphasised on skill development in agri sector to boost crop yield and farm income. On oilseeds, he said the efforts are being made through more than 600 KVKs to boost productivity and production.