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The Global Economy of Pulses: Impressive gains and the way forward -Boubaker Ben Belhassen and Vikas Rawal

-Networkideas.org Pulses are highly nutritious and their consumption is associated with many health benefits. They are rich in proteins and minerals, high in fibre and have a low fat content. Pulses are produced by plants of the Leguminosae family. These plants have root nodules that absorb inert nitrogen from soil air and convert it into biologically useful ammonia, a process referred to as biological nitrogen fixation. Consequently, the pulse crops do...

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Save the pulse farmer, here's how -Ashok Gulati

-The Financial Express The minimum that the govt can do is to remove all restrictions on a free market for pulses Last year, roughly at this time, the price of tur dal (pigeon pea) in the retail market was hovering around R180/kg. Prices of other pulses were not far behind. They were all spiraling up due to back-to-back droughts during 2014-15 and 2015-16. Production of all pulses had plunged to 16.5 million...

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Making Pulses Affordable Again: Policy Options from the Farm to Retail in India -P K Joshi, Avinash Kishore and Devesh Roy-

-Economic and Political Weekly P K Joshi ([email protected]), Avinash Kishore ([email protected]) and Devesh Roy ([email protected]) are with the International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi. While outlining strategies to increase availability of pulses at affordable prices, it is argued that increasing domestic production of pulses is the only option. Access to one or two protective irrigation sources during the growing season can lead to sizeable increases in Pulse Production. The har khet...

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Orphan food? Nay, future of food -Satish Deodhar

-Livemint.com Pulses are important from the perspectives of food security, environmental sustainability and balanced nutrition Most pulses such as pigeon pea (tur dal), black gram (urad), green gram (mung), field beans (waal), moth beans (matki) and horse gram (kulith) are native to the Indian subcontinent and have been an integral part of our diet for centuries. However, the single-minded focus on cereals over the last 50 years—the green revolution in wheat and...

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Pulses production: Glorious moment for India; here's why -Usha Tuteja and Vishal Dagar

-The Financial Express There are several facets to India’s weak pulse economy. Nevertheless, it is a glorious moment for the country as Pulse Production is expected around 22 million tonnes in FY17 surpassing all previous records. According to the initial estimates of the agriculture ministry, kharif production will reach 8.2 million tonnes against 5.4 million tonnes recorded in the last fiscal. This would be possible due to higher allocation of land to...

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