Staff Reporter

The proposed team will be headed by Joint Director of Agriculture

A series of campaign would be conducted to educate farmers

Tirupur: A special task force is all set to be constituted by the Department of Agriculture for boosting pulses production in the district since the overall area coverage under pulses fell much below the target set for the district during the last financial year.

In 2009-10, pulses could be raised only on 18,110 ha against the target of 39,658 ha assigned for the district.

Target

Variety-wise, only area coverage of Bengal Gram exceeded the target of 1,510 ha and stood at 3,733 ha while the area brought under black gram, green gram, cowpea, red gram and horse gram were way off the target.

The proposed task force team will be headed by Joint Director of Agriculture and assisted by Assistant Directors of Agriculture at the block level.

Joint Director of Agriculture A. Gopal told The Hindu that the main purpose of the constitution of task force was to look into the ways and means of increasing pulses production in the district.

“We will draw an action plan to reduce the yield gap in the crop and to seek necessary funds for pulses projects in the district,” he said.

Mr. Gopal said that the task force team would also organise a series of campaign across the district to educate the farmers on the benefits of raising pulses.

“They will be told that pulses is one crop which gives yield to them in about 65 days from the date of sowing and the profit margins are high,” he said.

With these steps, Mr. Gopal said, the department expects to increase the productivity of pulses by at least 25 percent at the end of the fiscal.

During the last fiscal, yield was computed at 200 kg/ha under rain fed conditions and about 450 kg/ha in irrigated areas.

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