The Centre has asked the state government to enhance production of pulses.
Official sources say pulses in the state are grown in about 2 million hectares with productivity of 508 kg/hectare – far below the national average of 744 kg/hectares in 2014-15.
The state requires around 12 lakh tonnes of pulses annually while it produced only 9.42 lakh tonnes in 2015-16, creating a deficit of 21.8%
Many states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, are ahead of Odisha in terms of pulse production.
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