To meet the growing demand of pulses, the government has imported 5,000 ton pigeon pea (tur), recently.
The government has imported, 40.13 lakh tonnes, 31.77 lakh tonnes and 45.84 lakh tonnes of pulses in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively.
India imports pulses to meet gap between domestic production and demand. Major pulses imported by India are peas, chickpeas (gram), moong/urad, lentils, pigeon pea (tur).
Production of pulses in the country is generally lower than their requirement by 40-50 lakh tonnes. The quantity of pulses imported during 2015-16 (April-September) is 22.54 lakh tonnes.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Sh. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.