Pulses, oilseeds procurement hit Rs 44,000 crore during 2014-19
Virendra Singh Rawat Lucknow / Dec 5, 2018
The Narendra Modi government has launched various interventions to boost pulses and oilseeds production during the last four and a half years (2014-19) to achieve self-sufficiency in cash crops.
India reported production of 25.23 million tonnes (MT) of pulses during 2017-18 against 14.66 MT in 2009-10, an increase of 72%. Similarly, production of oilseeds increased from 24.88 MT to 31.3 MT during the period, registering an increase of 25%.
Besides, the Centre’s decision to create pulses buffer stock led to the increase of pulses production. The minimum support price (MSP) of moong increased from Rs 4500 per quintal in 2013-14 to Rs 6979 in 2018-19. For urad and sunflower, the MSP rose from Rs 4300 to Rs 5600 and from Rs 3700 to Rs 5388 per quintal respectively.
During five years from 2009-10 to 2013-14, only 0.728 MT of pulses and oilseeds valuing Rs 3117 crore was procured at MSP, whereas from 2014-15 to 2018-19, almost 9.4 MT of pulses and oilseeds valuing Rs 44,142 crore were procured by the Centre, thus rising by 13 times.
The procurement of 7.88 MT amounting to Rs 35,800 crore was contributed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh alone. More than 5.4 million farmers benefitted from the procurement of pulses and oilseeds.