17 April, 2021

The Pulse In A Paradox Of Plenty

In a pulses-importing country, a bumper crop brings little cheer to those who cultivate pulses. Here’s why.

Slow Pulse
Overflowing APMC yard in Gulbarga, Karnataka
The Pulse In A Paradox Of Plenty

Hard Pressed

  • A record 22.1 million tonnes output is likely, 34% more than 16.4 ­million tonnes in 2015-16
  • To curb sharp rise in prices, the government is ­creating a buffer stock of 2 ­million tonnes
  • 3.78 lakh tonnes ­imported and 9.91 lakh tonnes procured from farmers so far
  • Farmers are getting much less than prices fixed by the government
  • Farmers demand higher buffer-stock target and curbs on imports


In India, a bumper crop is not ­always an occasion to celebrate, as farmers have often found to their cost whether it is potato, onion or grapes. Pulses, which have always been far short of domestic needs, are facing a similar fate this year, with mandi prices in many parts of the country far below the minimum support price (MSP) for different varieties. In some cases, the farmers are not even getting enough to recover their cost of production, even as retail prices remain on the higher...

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