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Pulses Panchayat


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India-Morocco Food Legumes Initiative (IMFLI) implementation in India

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Pulses Panchayat

  1. 1. By Ch Ravinder Reddy MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India Pulse Panchayath International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition, and Sustainable Food Security in the Dry Areas April 18, 2016 until April 20, 2016; Marrakesh, Morocco
  2. 2. Constraints in Enhancing Pulse production and Productivity  Grown in rainfed conditions on marginal lands  Area stagnation, shifting of area under pulses to remunerative crops  No major technological breakthrough in increasing production ( Lack of high yielding and location specific varieties and resistant to diseases)  Low seed and cultivar replacement rate and mostly informal seed supply system  Post harvest losses due to lack of storage system
  3. 3. Challenges to achieve self- sufficiency  Domestic demand by 2030- 32 Mt.- gap of 14 Mt.  Additional area required to meet demand 3 M ha besides reducing post harvest losses.  Productivity needs to be doubled from 750 kg/ha
  4. 4. Pulse Panchayath concept  Promoting whole village farmers to grow pulses – started in 447 acers in Eadiyapatti Panchayath in Pudukotti dist. TN, India.  Technical back stopping provided by national pulses research station, Agriculture Dept. and MSSRF for production improvement.
  5. 5. Strategies for Enhancing Pulse Production through Pulse Panchayath  Convergence of agricultural line dept.  Farmers participatory selection of varieties  Climate smart agricultural practices  Community based seed production and supply and scientific seed storage methods  Formation of Farmer producer organization (FPO) has a critical role in pulse Panchayath implementation.
  6. 6. Effect of Pulse Panchayath  Awareness improved among small and marginal farmers  Access to improved technologies  Improved varieties , seed availability and innovative seed storage technology.  Linkages to credit institutions and markets  Yield increased by 32% (1155-1300 kg ha-1) over control (875-1000 kg ha-1)  Can influence the policy makers
  7. 7. Thank You