In order to boost the economy of farmers in Jammu and Kashmir the administration is trying to give a boost to the production of pulses.
In this direction in Kashmir valley in the frontier district of Kupwara government has identified an area for the production of Rajma pulse.
Government said that Bad-e-Nambal area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district never uses any chemical fertilizer due to favorable soil for production and has the distinction of producing a top variety of Rajma due to its fertile soil. 1 kg of Rajma produced in the area can fetch the price of 5 kg of rice.
Scientists and agriculture officers said that the scheme is aimed to demonstrate plant nutrients and plant protection centric improved technologies and management practices in compact units of 1000 hectares each for five major pulse crops viz. Bengal gram, Black gram (Urdbean), Red gram (Arhar), Green gram (Moongbean) and Lentil (Masur).
The scheme is funded by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and implemented under the NFSM-Pulses.
The official it has been conceptualized to take up the active propagation of key technologies such as Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
The Department of Agriculture Cooperation and farmer welfare is implementing this program through Commissioners/Directors of Agriculture of pulse producing states, and the Central Government Institute of ICAR-NCIPM.