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UP set to face bigger shortage of pulses in the days to come

Always low on production vis-à-vis the demand, Uttar Pradesh is all set to face even a bigger shortage of pulses in the days to come. This at a time when pulses have virtually disappeared from the poor man’s plate due to sky-rocketing prices.

lucknow Updated: Dec 09, 2015 14:30 IST
Brajendra K Parashar
Pulses have virtually disappeared from the poor man’s plate due to sky-rocketing prices.
Pulses have virtually disappeared from the poor man’s plate due to sky-rocketing prices.(Bachchan Kumar/HT file photo)

Always low on production vis-à-vis the demand, Uttar Pradesh is all set to face even a bigger shortage of pulses in the days to come. This at a time when pulses have virtually disappeared from the poor man’s plate due to sky-rocketing prices.

The drought has badly hit the production of kharif crops in the state and of them pulses — urad and moong — have been affected the most. The production of arhar was already hit by the unseasonal winter rains between February-April.

The agriculture department in its latest report to the state government has found the drought to have hit the production of many crops, especially the pulses, by as much as 90% or even more vis-à-vis 2012 (a normal year) in many districts.

In Lalitpur for example, the urad production fell to as low as 1.08 quintal per hectare compared to 7.7 quintal per hectare in 2012, the decline being 86.03%. The fall was by 75.09% in Mirzapur, 66.97% in Jhansi, 59.13% in Mahoba, 55.82% in Chitrakoot,51.56% in Banda 44.72% in Sonebhadra.

Similarly, production of moong declined by an estimated 82.68% in Lalitpur, 79.14% in Jalaun, 73.74% in Mahoba, 58.42% in Mirzapur and 57.43% in Sonebhadra.

Same is the case with sesame and groundnut whose production has been estimated to have dropped 70%-80% in many districts. Paddy production has been hit most in Sonebhadra (58.23%) followed by Mau (41.08%) and Chitrakoot (36.60%). The situation regarding crops like millet, maize and soyabean was no different.

UP is already a poor producer of pulses and oil seeds and imports these from other states. “Against the annual consumption of around 58 lakh MT, UP produces only 14-15 MT pulses and produces only 10-12 MT oilseeds against the annual requirement of 36-37 MT,” said sources.

Sources said the state government would shortly send a report to the Centre on the crop production losses as estimated by the agriculture department. “A Central government team recently visited many drought-hit districts to assess the damages and the Centre would dole out compensation to the state government taking into account the repots to be made available to it both by the Central government team and the state government,” sources said.