Agartala, Nov 27: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Tripura centre has developed three new varieties of pulses which would scientists believed, bring about a major change in the pulse quality as well as production.
Addressing a seminar in Tripura University on pulses, Head of Pulse Research Centre in Kanpur, Dr N P Singh revealed that ICAR scientists have invented local verities pulses named - Tripura Moong, Tripura Maskalai and TRCP -9 (Motordal).
After all formalities and procedure, central government had already issued the notification on the innovation, which will soon be distributed among farmers for commercial cultivation.
“In the last three to four years India made remarkable achievement in the field of pulse production which lowered the pulses price to a great extent”, he said adding that the achievement was possible due to the relentless and rigorous efforts of about 350 scientists working in 51 centres across the country.
“The development becomes visible today in the market. While three years ago pulses’ price had been Rs 200 to Rs 300 per kg now it reduced Rs 50 to Rs 60 because pulses production of the country has increased by 30 percent in last three years due to policy intervention and mission of the government to increase farmers’ income double by 2022.
Supplementing Dr Singh, Vice Chancellor of Tripura University Prof V L Dharurkar said that the university would soon set up a pulse research centre to give further to the mission of the state government to make the state self-sufficient in agriculture production and increase farmers’ income.
“Innovation of three verities of pulses in Tripura is considered to be a modest beginning but I am sure if we set up research centre in the university and channelized all agriculture and firm production related innovation down to the farmers and community level, the mission of the government would be successful,” Prof Dharurkar stated.
He further stated that unfortunately most of the innovations of mankind could not reach to the field and as a result, despite having huge development in science and technology the benefit has not yet been grounded adequately in the country. “With the innovation and scientific approach in the four corners of India the pulse production has increased in last 2 years and now the people have been provided with
pulses at very affordable price”.
He pointed that new types of pulses developed in the state should be popularized amongst the farmers and effective methods and mechanism should be put in place for taking the new varieties from lab to land in the fastest way.
‘Extension of mass media support is also very important in this regard’, Prof Dharurkar added.After three new varieties developed in Tripura would be distinctly different from other pulses in four ways - first, the production was expected to be around 10 percent higher, second, quality of these pulses would be better, or at least at par with the common pulses, third, susceptibility for plants’ diseases of these pulses
would be less and fourth, harvesting time would five to seven days less than that of common pulses, he maintained. (UNI)