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Enhancing the Productivity and Production of Pulses in India

By C L L Gowda, S Samineni, P M Gaur and K B Saxena

Abstract

Pulses are major sources of proteins among the vegetarians\ud in India, and complement the staple cereals in the diets with\ud proteins, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. They\ud contain 22-24% protein, which is almost twice the protein\ud in wheat and thrice that of rice. Pulses provide significant\ud nutritional and health benefits, and are known to reduce several\ud non-communicable diseases such as colon cancer and cardiovascular\ud diseases (Yude et al, 1993; Jukanti et al, 2012). Pulses\ud can be grown on range of soil and climatic conditions and play\ud important role in crop rotation, mixed and inter-cropping,\ud maintaining soil fertility through nitrogen fixation, release of\ud soil-bound phosphorus, and thus contribute significantly to\ud sustainability of the farming systems

Topics: Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Publisher: National Institute of Advanced Studies
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:oar.icrisat.org:7101
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