Central government taking a number of steps to boost the production of pulses, such as expanding the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) in different states, said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
Availability of pulses per capita has declined to 15.3 kg per year in comparison to 22.1 kg per year in 2013, said an official press release, citing the minister speaking here at a meeting of the consultative committee related to the National Food Security Mission.
Up to 2013-14, under NFSM the programmes related to pulses were implemented in 468 districts in 16 states, Radha Mohan Singh said.
"The NDA government expanded this mission to North-Eastern states, hilly states, Kerala as well as Goa. Under NFSM the pulses programme is being conducted in 638 districts of 29 states," he said.
During 2016-17 under NFSM a sum of Rs 1100 crore has been earmarked as the central share for pulses programmes out of the entire allocation of Rs 1700 crore, he said.
Whereas the country has been self dependent in wheat and rice, the real challenge is to produce enough oilseeds and pulses to meet the domestic demand, the minister said.