More than a hundred agricultural scientists from across the country will gather in Raipur for research and development on pulse crops.

More than 100 pulse scientists from different states of the country will gather at Agriculture University, Raipur on August 17 and 18 to prepare an action plan and strategy for research and development to promote the production of pulse crops in the country. A two-day Rabi Pulses Workshop and Annual Group Meeting is being organized by Indira Gandhi Agricultural University in association with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. State Agriculture Minister Shri Ravindra Choubey will inaugurate this workshop organized in the auditorium of Agriculture College, Raipur. State Agriculture Production Commissioner Dr. Kamalpreet Singh, Deputy Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, Dr. TR. Sharma, Assistant Director General Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, Director of Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur Dr. Bansa Singh and Director of Indian Paddy Research Institute, Hyderabad Dr. RM. Sundaram will also be present. Dr. Girish Chandel, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University will preside over the function. In this two-day rabi pulses workshop, brainstorming will be done on the development and research of new improved varieties to increase the production of gram, moong, urad, lentil, tiwda, rajma and peas. It is noteworthy that after the Green Revolution campaign in India, the country has achieved self-reliance in the field of grain production and today we are producing more grains than the demand, but even today our country is self-reliant in the production of pulses and oilseeds crops. could not be made and these crops have to be imported in large quantities from abroad. In the year 2021-22, India has imported about 27 lakh metric tonnes of pulses. Continuous efforts are being made to make the country self-sufficient in the production of pulses. Farmers are being encouraged to grow pulses by the Central and State Governments. By the way, India is the major pulse producing country in the world and pulses crops are cultivated in 37 percent of the country’s agricultural area. India accounts for a quarter of the world’s total pulses production, but millions of tonnes of pulses have to be imported every year due to high consumption. At present, pulses crops are being taken in about 11 lakh hectare area in Chhattisgarh, in which tur, gram, moong, urad, masoor, kulthi, tiwda, rajma and peas are prominent. In Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur, three all-India coordinated research projects for research and dissemination work on pulse crops- Mularp crops (Mung, Urad, Lentil, Tivda, Rajma, Peas), Gram and Arhar are being operated under which new improved varieties The work of front line demonstration is being done on the development, production technology and accounts of the farmers. So far, a total of 25 cultivars and disease resistant varieties of various pulse crops have been developed by the university, including 2 of moong, 1 of urad, 3 of tur, 6 of kulthi, 1 of cowpea, 5 of gram, 4 of peas, 4 of tivara. 2 and 1 varieties of lentils are prominent. After the formation of Chhattisgarh state, in the last 20 years, the area under pulses has increased by 26 percent, production has increased by 53.6 percent and productivity has increased by 18.5 percent. Despite this, there is immense potential for expansion and development of pulse crops in the state. In this two-day workshop, work will be done to explore these possibilities and make them a reality. In the workshop, the project coordinator of the All India Coordinated Research Project Chana, Dr. G.P. Dixit, Project Coordinator of All India Coordinated Research Project MULARPE Dr. I.P. Along with Singh, agricultural scientists from 60 research centers operating in the country will participate. Like this:Like Loading… Continue Reading