New Delhi, Dec 4: As a result of central government steps to boost the production of pulses and oil seeds in the last four years, the output of these two commodities has registered an increase of 72.10 per cent and 25.71 per cent respectively in 2017-18 over 2009-10, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
In 2017-18 the output of pulses was 25.23 million tonnes as against 14.66 million tonnes 2009-10, when the country was heavily dependent on imports to meet domestic needs.
Similarly, the production of oil seeds has increased from 24.88 million tonnes to 31.3 million tonnes over the same period.
Among government’s intervention were announcement of higher minimum support price (MSP) for pulses which was followed by record procurement.
The procurement of pulses and oil seeds has increased by almost 13 times since 2014 till-date valued at Rs 44,142 crore, said an Agriculture Ministry press note.
The government’s decision to create a buffer stock of pulses also led to the increase of pulses production in the country.
“The bold step to raise MSP to 1.5 times of cost of production undertaken this year will further encourage the farmers to grow more pulses and oil seeds,’’ the Ministry note said.
The MSP of moong has increased from Rs. 4500 per quintal in 2013-14 to Rs. 6979 in 2018-19. Urad MSP has gone up from Rs. 4300 to Rs. 5600 per quintal and for Sunflower from Rs. 3700 to Rs. 5388 per quintal.
During 2009-10 to 2013-14, 7.28 lakh tonnes of pulses and oilseeds valued at Rs. 3117.38 crore was procured whereas since 2014-15, 93.97 lakh tonnes of pulses and oilseeds valued Rs. 44,142.50 crore was procured.
Of this, procurement of 78.84 lakh tonnes valued at Rs 35,800 crore has been contributed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
More than 54 lakh farmers benefited from the procurement of pulses and oilseeds during this period indicating that on an average each pulse-growing farmer was benefited to the extent of approximately Rs. 80,000 by this procurement, the Ministry said.
The recently launched Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan (PM-AASHA) with a budgetary support of Rs 15,053 crore provides for a holistic arrangement for assurance of a remunerative and stable price environment for growers /farmers to increase agriculture production and productivity.
This Scheme comprises Price Support Scheme (PSS) for pulses and oilseeds, Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS) and Pilot of Private Procurement and Stockist Scheme (PPSS) for oilseeds to ensure MSP to the farmers.
Government guarantee of Rs 18,250 crore for 2018-20 has been made available for smooth conduct of Price Support Scheme for agencies such as National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED).
For the first time, the Food Corporation of India is also participating in these operations to ensure MSP for pulses and oil seeds growing farmers, the Ministry said. (UNI)