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
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