Pointing out on the need for increasing production of pulses and oilseeds, Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said that the Centre was taking steps to make India pulses self-sufficient.
"On a priority basis, large-scale frontline demonstration of pulses and oilseeds is being done in 2016-17 to overcome shortage," he said in Raipur.
At least 150 pulses seeds hub centres are being set up in the country with the joint support of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), agriculture universities and agriculture science centres, the minister said.
"The key purpose of these centres is to provide rich quality pulses seeds to farmers. Each centre will have a yielding capacity of 1,000 quintal pulses seeds," he added.
The Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister also said the budget for agriculture education was increased to Rs 570 crore in 2016-17 from Rs 405 crore in 2013-14.
Ten new agriculture universities have been set up between 2014-16, he said.