Acreage under pulses risen by a third this season, production target at 25.6 mt.

The acreage under pulses has risen by a third this season and is likely to make the country self-sufficient in the commodity, officials said.

This year, the government has set a pulses production target of 25.6 million tonnes, which is 11.2% more than the estimated output of last year.

The planting of pulses in the current kharif season, which accounts for about 30% of the country’s total production of pulses, indicates a 20% rise in output, the officials said, adding that overall kharif planting is up by 21.20% from last year.

The annual requirement of pulses in the country is 25-26 million tonnes.

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