One of the major objectives of pulses development initiative of the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) is to reduce Pakistan’s reliance on imported pulses which consume billions of dollars annually, said Pakistan Agriculture Research Council Chairman Dr Ghulam Muhammad Ali.
While speaking to APP, he added that under the scheme, PARC provided seeds to nearly 41,705 farmers across the pulses production areas of the country at 50% subsidy.
He added that the move was aimed at enhancing the per-acre output of different pulses to enable Pakistan to attain self-sufficiency in legume production.
“Under the programme, a national pulses policy framework has been developed while pulses machinery was also distributed among the farmers of Pakistan,” he stated.
He detailed that 12 portable irrigation systems have been provided to farmers since the commencement of the programme and besides, PARC released 15 varieties of different pulses.
When the project commenced, Moong production of Pakistan stood at 133,000 tons which rose to 209,000 tons in one year.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2022.