Plan to boost pulses production

THE federal government seems to be waking up to rising imports of pulses, which surged by more than 60 per cent to Rs100 billion during the previous fiscal year.

The Ministry of National Food Security and Research considers approving a Rs3bn plan to promote research and boost productivity of four major pulses — gram (chickpea), mash, moong and masoor.

The plan — involving some 18 local and international institutions — is aimed at genetically improving seeds, mechanising production and increasing seed production.
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