Pulse Production and Ecology: The Issues of Community Mobilisation in India

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Kajal Sengupta


Malnutrition is a predominant problem in our country. Hence, nutrition oriented
sustainable agricultural development is of utmost necessity in the present context. To alleviate
protein malnutrition, a minimum of 50 g pulses per capita per day should be available in addition to
other sources of protein such as cereals, milk, meat or eggs. Pulses are recognized as an integral part
of Indian diet and the ideal supplement of cereals by virtue of their high protein and essential amino
acid content. Pulses are inseparable ingredients of vegetarian diet and one of the cheapest sources
of dietary nutrition protein in the state. The present emphasis on soil health, environmental quality
and economic consideration, has stimulated a paradigm shift in cropping pattern leading to pulse
based cropping system. Any cropping system can become compatible and complete only when a
pulse crop is included in it. Pulses won a strategic position in intensive as well as subsistence
agriculture, as they are excellent source of dietary protein for millions of people, nutritional feed for
livestock and having profound ameliorative effect on soil.

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SENGUPTA, Kajal. Pulse Production and Ecology: The Issues of Community Mobilisation in India. Agricultural Extension Journal (AEXTJ), [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 31-34, sep. 2017. ISSN 2521-0408. Available at: <http://aextj.com/index.php/aextj/article/view/6>. Date accessed: 24 apr. 2019.
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