India will become self-sufficient in pulses, oilseeds: Agriculture Minister

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh exuded confidence that India will become self-sufficient in pulses and oilseeds production in the coming years. He said, the government is taking steps to boost yields through use of better quality seeds and technologies.

The country imports over 5 million tonnes of pulses and about 14.5 million tonnes of vegetable oils, comprising edible and non-edible oils every year to meet domestic demand.

Addressing the 89th foundation day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in New Delhi on Sunday, Mr Singh said the government is not only focusing on increasing production but taking steps to make agriculture income-centric as part of its target to double farmers’ income by 2022.

The Minister said, the green revolution helped India in becoming self-sufficient in wheat and rice, but the country is still importing pulses and oilseeds to meet domestic demand and spending huge amount of foreign currency. The country’s pulses production increased to record 22.40 million tonnes in the 2016-17 crop year (July-June) against 16.35 million tonnes in the previous year. Oilseeds output rose by 29 per cent to 32.52 million tonnes last year.