Experts for tech pill to boost pulse production

Bhubaneswar: Technological intervention to increase the production of pulses in a scientific manner is the need of the hour, felt scientists.

More than 30 experts from various agriculture universities and research institutions under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the central department of biotechnology, attended a meeting organised by the Institute of Life Sciences and the department here.

S.R. Rao, the department's senior adviser, called for science and technology-based interventions to improve productivity of pulses with an overall objective to enhance farmers' income in rain-fed areas. "We should emphasise on a joint and co-ordinated approach to work in the area of genetic resources, genomics and breeding for improved quality," he said.

Institute of Life Sciences director Ajay Parida said pulses, particularly black gram, green gram, horse gram and rice bean, which were widely cultivated earlier no longer find a place these days.