Buffer stock of Pulses to contain Price rise

PulsesThe Government has approved creation of a buffer stock through procurement of about 50,000 ton pulses from the Kharif crop 2015-16 and one lakh ton out of arrivals of rabi crop of 2015-16.

The procurement will be done through Food Corporation of India (FCI), National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED), Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) and any other agency as may be decided.

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This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

The Minister said that for enhancing domestic production of pulses, Government is implementing a number of plan schemes/programmes like National Food Security Mission-Pulses (NFSM-Pulses), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Macro Management of Agriculture (MMA) and Integrated Scheme of Oil seeds, Pulses, Oil Palm & Maize (ISOPOM). In addition, Government is also regularly enhancing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for pulses.

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