India is the world's largest Pulse Producing country and produces around 27 - 28
% of global pulses. However, Production remains static since independence i.e.,
during 1950 -51 it has produced 8.41 Million Tons and in the year 2007-08 its production
was 14.76 Million Tons (Source: Planning Commission, GOI)
- The total area under pulses cultivation has
been increased from 19.09 Million Ha (1950 -51) to 23.63 Million Ha (2007 - 08).
- The important Pulses in the Indian context
are - Red gram, Bengal gram, and other minor pulses
- The National Food Security Mission was launched
in May 2007 aimed at to produce 2 more Million Tons by the end of eleventh plan
and gives various incentives for promotion (www.nfsm.gov.in)
- Directorate of Pulses Development, under
the Ministry of Agriculture, Directorate of Agriculture & Corporation (DAC) was
established at Lucknow in 1971 and subsequently shifted to Bhopal (M.P.) in 1996.
The National Head Quarter of Pulses Development is responsible for monitoring the
pulses development scheme in 437 districts of 14 States in the Country (www.dacnet.nic.in/pulses)
- With 180 Million Ha of arable land (one tenth
of the world), 56 Million Ha of Irrigated land, its diverse agro climatic conditions
and the thrust given by the National Food Security Mission and Directorate of Pulse
Development will favor India to become the global food factory of the world.
- eFresh's objective -The information on India's
leading position in Pulses, will facilitate the Indian farmers and other stakeholders
for focusing on the increased activity in pulse production.