`Pulses consumption decreased due to price rise`
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 09, 2009, 13:21
New Delhi: Soaring prices have forced households to cut down the intake of pulses, a study by industry body Assocham said.

During 1960s, per capita consumption of pulses was around 27 kg per year which has slipped to less than 11 kg a year during January-June 2009, it said.

"Rising prices of pulses has forced common households to curtail their pulses consumption," Assocham said, adding, the per capita consumption has now come down to less than 11 kg in the first half of this calendar year.

The chamber has warned that if "corrective measures are delayed", per capita pulses consumption in the latter part of the year would further decrease to around 9 kg per household.

Assocham further said that overall growth in the yield of pulses since the inception of Green Revolution in 1967 is the least among major crops at a mere 1.14 percent.

In the absence of growth of area and a sluggish growth in yield, pulses production has witnessed a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of only 0.9 percent in the last five decades.

The country’s increasing demand for pulses has resulted in an increase in net imports from about 4.6 lakh tonne in 1998-99 to over 20 lakh tonne in 2008-09, Assocham said.

Ironically, countries like Canada and Australia are factoring in Indian demand in their production plans and are highly successful in exploiting the Indian situation to their advantage, it said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 09, 2009, 13:21

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