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Modi commends farmers for planting record pulses this kharif

Pulses acreage in the current Kharif season is almost 40 per cent more than last year and is even more than the average area covered in last five years

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Narendra Modi

Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 

The stupendous increase in sowing of pulses during the ongoing kharif season didn't escape Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eye. During his Independence Day speech, the PM commended farmers for raising the area under pulses this season to almost 1.5 times more than last year.

Pulses prices have been one of the main concerns of the Modi government as the retail prices had dropped below Rs 100 a kg. However, farmers seem to be responding to the price signals this year. Aided by strong monsoon, pulses have been planted on 12 million hectares, the highest in more than five ...

First Published: Tue, August 16 2016. 00:20 IST
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