The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister recently told in a conference held by Reuters that the central state of India, Madhya Pradesh aims to increase its pulses production by at least 60%. They are aiming to reach to this goal in the next three years. The state Chief Minister also said that this is in accordance to help the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieve his goal of making India self-sufficient in the staple
India is one of the biggest democracies in the world and hence the world’s biggest consumer of pulses, currently facing an acute shortage of protein-rich food, forcing India to spend around $2.65 Billion every year for importing all the insufficient commodities from countries like Austria, Ethiopia, and Canada.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also told Reuters in his interview – “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked me to help achieve his objective of making India self-reliant in pulses by raising production in Madhya Pradesh.”
He also said that Madhya Pradesh was India’s top producer of pulses, and highly efficient enough to raise its output of crops such as black gram, chickpeas, and pigeon peas to around 8-8.5 million tons from 5 million tons in the next three years.
The Indian public is facing a lot of difficulties with the suddenly increased prices of pulses. The capital New Delhi last year signed a deal with Mozambique to import their commodities to India. The country is also looking forward to signing a deal with Myanmar in the coming days to increase India’s commodities and counter the increasing rates of pulses.
Pulses are mostly consumed in large quantity all around the country in the form of curries, and it’s the only primary source of protein, especially for the people falling under ‘Below Poverty’ Line (BPL).
The MP Chief Minister, Chouhan who was last seen in Delhi for this same meeting said, “We have started encouraging farmers to grow more pulses by giving them a lot of help and support and expect the trend to continue until we obviate our import requirements.”
India, in their budgetary year 2015/16, imported a whopping 5.8 million tons of pulses after the prices of pulses went rocketing. The annual demand for pulses in India is around 22 million tons, but the production totaled only up to 16.47 million tons, far lower than the actual demand. The demand for pulses is steadily increasing due to the vigorous economic growth. Prime Minister Modi aims to make India self-sustainable in pulses by the year 2020.
The pulse rate depends a lot on the rainfall the state is going to receive over the next cultivation periods in coming years. A leading trader of pulses, Pukraj Chopra said the same, “The target of the state government is definitely plausible. But it depends a lot on the amount of rainfall the state is going to receive over the next few years.”
The wheat output has substantially increased under Chouhan’s watch and crossed the records of even Punjab and Haryana.
Other than pulses, Madhya Pradesh is keen to increase their Basmati rice production by using more lands for rice cropping, issued by MP govt.
India and Pakistan are the exclusive cultivators of long-grain Basmati rice. In this, Madhya Pradesh produces around 50,000 tons.
New technologies, micro-irrigation, and more wells have helped raise and increase the farm output in Madhya Pradesh. The country recorded only 4% increase in farm growth at the national level. Madhya Pradesh, on the other hand, raised annually 18% more farm growth.