UN WORLD PULSES DAY
Context: India hosts the UN World Pulses Day celebrations on in New Delhi. The UN World Pulses Day is celebrated every year on 10th February across the world.
WHAT ARE THE INITIATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS SECTOR?
- Government’s primary focus given to the sector is seen from the budgetary allocations made for the Agriculture and Rural Development sectors which is about Rs. 3 lakh crore.
- While the Agriculture sector budget was Rs.27 thousand crore couple of years ago, the Government has allocated over Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in FY 2020-21.
- After having achieved surplus foodgrains production, the country has turned self-sufficient in Pulses cultivation since 2016-17 with the combined efforts of all stakeholders.
- In the crop year 2018-19 India produced 22 million tonnes of Pulses and for the next year a target of 26.30 million tonnes is projected.
- Government has raised the MSP by one-and-a-half times based on recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee.
- e-NAM has been strengthened with a view of One Nation One Market which has provided farmers access to better and wider market area ensuring a fair price. Already 585 Mandis have joined the eNAM portal and another 400 Mandis will be added soon.
- In order to strengthen the logistics associated with the Agriculture sector, a new Kisan Rail has been announced in this budget which will benefit both the Agriculture and Horticulture sectors.
- To promote exports of fruits from the North-East, the Kisan Udan Yojana has been announced in the budget.
ABOUT UN WORLD PULSES DAY World Pulses Day is a designated United Nations global event to recognize the importance of pulses (chickpeas, dry beans, lentils, dry peas and lupins among others) as a global food. It has been proclaimed on February 10 of each year since 2019 by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 20, 2018. The event was organized this year by NAFED in collaboration with Global Pulse Confederation (GPC). On the occasion, the Minister launched the “Family pack of NAFED pulses and NAFED Organic pulses”. A NAFED Coffee Table Book, recording its journey since inception on 2nd October, 1958 to the present and an FAO publication “Global Economy of Pulses” were also launched. About NAFED National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) is an apex organization of marketing cooperatives for agricultural produce in India, under Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. It was founded on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October 1958 to promote the trade of agricultural produce and forest resources across the nation. It is registered under Multi State Co-operative Societies Act. It has its headquarters in New Delhi, along with four regional offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, apart from 28 zonal offices in capitals of states and important cities. NAFED is the nodal agency to implement price stabilization measures under “Operation Greens” which aims to double the farmers’ income by 2022.In 2008, it established, National Spot Exchange, a Commodities exchange as a joint venture of Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. (FTIL). ABOUT GLOBAL PULSE CONFEDERATION (GPC) The Global Pulse Confederation (GPC), which was established in 1963 in France, is now headquartered at Dubai since 2009. It is a non-profit Confederation to promote production, consumption, awareness and trade of pulses, representing every component of supply chain related to the pulse industry such as growers, traders, govt bodies, trade promotion entities, processors and consumers. It is the Confederation of 26 national associations and thousands of corporates engaged in pulses trade in over 50 countries.
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