In the 10 months of the current financial year, the import of pulses or leguminous vegetables into Pakistan grew by 10.46 percent year-on-year. During the period July-April 2020-21, about 998,390 tons of different pulses costing $543.96 million imported to fulfill the domestic requirements as against the import of 978,29 tons valuing $491.64 million of same period of last year.
In order to promote local output of pulses and reduce huge reliance on the import of the commodity, the Pakistani government had prepared a mechanism and launched five years developmental project worth Rs1, 44 million, said an official in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
The official said that the project titled “Promoting Research for Productivity Enhancement in Pulses” was executed through Pakistan Agriculture Research Council in order to promote pulses production across the country. Under the program, the PARC has distributed seeds of different pulses for 36,280 acres that would help in boosting local production of pulses, besides producing high quality seeds of different pulses, he added.