22nd December 2016, Agra
The “Closing Ceremony of International Year of Pulses and Review of various Government initiatives for enhancing pulses production” was held here today.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare presided over the event. In his address, the Union Minister urged upon the scientists, farmers and policy makers for efforts towards making the country self sufficient in pulse production by the year 2021. Shri Singh said that the Government of India has taken various measures during International Pulses Year 2016 to increase the production and productivity of pulse crops in the country. Among them, Government of India has laid down a target of 200 lakh tonne production for the year 2016-17, 210 lakh tonne for year 2017-18 and 240 lakh tonne for year 2020-21.
Shri Singh said that these steps have been taken to strengthen the formal seed mechanism of pulse crops and to increase availability of seeds of improved varieties in the country. “Pulse seed hubs” are being established in State Agriculture Universities and Institutes of ICAR and KVKs of major pulse producing states of the country. A target has been fixed to establish a total of 150 “Pulse Seed Hubs” from 2016-17 for increasing the availability of quality seeds for which a provision of Rs.225.31 crores has been made. Under this project, there is a target of 1.50 lakh quintal additional seed production per year. Each “Pulse Seed Hub” will produce a minimum of 1000 quintal quality seeds of pulse crops per year and supply it. He also said that for the first time, Government has made provision to ascertain the sale of pulses on minimum support price for the farmers. Apart from this, the Government has also decided to maintain a buffer stock of pulses to the extent of 20 lakh tonne.
Minister said Government has increased minimum support price of the pulses to promote the cultivation and production of pulses. He praised the efforts of all the farmers, scientists and policy makers for increasing production and productivity/ availability of pulses in the country and hoped that they would put in their best efforts to make India self sufficient in pulses production.
The renowned pulse scientists were felicitated by the Union Minister and a bilingual mobile app (ChanaMitra) developed by ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur, was also launched for the chickpea growers on the occasion.
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare emphasized upon the initiatives taken by Govt. of India for enhancing pulses production in the country.
Shri Ramashanker Katheria, M.P., Agra also shared his views on the occasion.
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary DARE and DG ICAR; Dr JS Sandhu, DDG(Crop Science) and Dr AK Singh DDG(Agril. Extension) were also present during this occasion.
Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur presented the vote of thanks to the guests.
About 300 delegated from different organizations attended this ceremony which was jointly organised by ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur, Kanpur and Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur)