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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2019, Volume : 7, Issue : 2
First page : (250) Last page : (252)
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Growth Performance of Pulses in Tamil Nadu

Sivasankari B.1*, Prema P.2, Vasanthi R.3 and Kalpana M.4

1 & 2Assistant Professor, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai
3 & 4Assistant Professor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
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Received: 5.03.2019  |  Revised: 6.04.2019   |  Accepted: 11.04.2019  



India is producing 23.95 million tons of pulses from an area of 28.83 million hectare, and is one of the largest pulses producing countries in the world. However, about 2-3 million tons of pulses are imported annually to meet the domestic consumption requirement. Thus, there is need to increase production and productivity of pulses in the country by more intensive interventions. A majority of Indian population (40%) is vegetarian and pulse play an important role in providing protein (22%) and other essential nutrients to the large population of the country. However, the area under pulse cultivation is fluctuating from year to year due to number of biotic and abiotic stresses, which are responsible for a large extent to the instability and low yields. To study the growth status of pulses in Tamil Nadu, growth rate in area, production and productivity of selected pulse crops were collected for a period of 45 years from1970 to 2015. The data can be divided into pre-liberalization period (1970 to 1990), post-liberalization period (1991-2015) and the whole period (1970-2015). In reference to total pulses scenario in Tamil Nadu, it is revealed that the growth in area, production and productivity were positive in all the period except area (-0.37%) in post-liberalization period. It is important to highlight that though the growth rate of area is found negative but the production and productivity were found positive in post-liberalization period. The growth rate in area, production and productivity showed positive in all the period but it is worth noting that the production and productivity found positive and significant in all the period.

Key words: Pulses and Compound growth rate, Fabaceae family

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Cite this article: Sivasankari, B., Prema, P., Vasanthi, R. and Kalpana, M., Growth Performance of Pulses in Tamil Nadu, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.7(2): 250-252 (2019). doi: