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Impact of National Food Security Mission on Pulse Crops in Maharashtra: An Empirical Assessment

Publisher: Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics

A number of earlier studies have also shown a sluggish and erratic growth in pulses and coarse cereal production, though most of the studies are area specific (Moorti et al., 1991; Bhatia, 1991). In the late 1970s and early 1980s, several studies raised concerns about a possible deceleration in the growth of foodgrain production, indicating a decline in the momentum of the green revolution and possible exhaustion of the potential of available technology (Alagh and Sharma, 1980; Desai and Namboodiri, 1983). Dantwala (1978) found that the high yielding variety technology brought about significant improvement in the productivity of cereal crops, but its overall effect on foodgrain production, especially when evaluated in per capita terms, was not significant. In view of the fact that earlier programmes relating to pulses sector hardly led to any improvement in pulses production of India, the National Development Council (NDC) in its 53rd meeting held on 29th May, 2007 resolved to launch a Food Security Mission for rice, wheat and pulses, especially for raising the production levels by 10 million tonnes for rice, 8 million tonnes for wheat and 2 million tonnes for pulses by the end of the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2011-12). In order to achieve these targets and operationalise the resolution taken by NDC, the ‘National Food Security Mission (NFSM)’ was launched in 2007-08 as a centrally sponsored scheme. The NFSM comprises three components, which include rice, wheat and pulses

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