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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 Chrr.34@gmail.com 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

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