Enhancing and Sustaining Pulse Production and Farmer Incomes in the TRFA Statess: Issues of Stray Animal Grazing and Value Chain Integration for Small and Marginal Farmers

Ahuja, R and Anantha, K H (2019) Enhancing and Sustaining Pulse Production and Farmer Incomes in the TRFA Statess: Issues of Stray Animal Grazing and Value Chain Integration for Small and Marginal Farmers. Project Report. FAO Representative in India, New Delhi, India.

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We gratefully acknowledge the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, for providing the opportunity to study the potential of rice fallow areas by managing animal grazing and enhancing value chain integration. We sincerely thank Dr S.K. Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, Dr B. Rajender, Joint Secretary (Crops/Oilseeds/Plant Protection), and Dr Anupam Barik, Additional Commissioner (Crops) for their guidance and support in executing the study efficiently. We also thank all the Principal Secretaries, Directors, Nodal Officers, Joint Directors, Deputy Directors of Agriculture, Deputy Directors of Animal Husbandry, and Assistant Directors of Agriculture of TRFA states whose unstinting support and active participation ensured the successful completion of the study. We sincerely acknowledge the support of the village-level officers of the Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, such as village agriculture workers, Krushak Saathi and livestock inspectors who have extended their help and support in successfully organizing stakeholder interactions and field visits. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to several non-governmental organizations working in the study areas for their help in obtaining feedback about the TRFA programme as well as organizing farmers’ interactions and field visits. We highly appreciate the efforts of the farmers who have adopted pulse intensification under the TRFA programme and benefited from it. Further, their enthusiastic participation and involvement in the discussion helped us to gain insights into the problem. We also gratefully acknowledge the support and inputs received from Dr Gajanan Sawargaonkar and Dr Prakashkumar Rathod, ICRISAT during the study. We sincerely thank the FAO team for their unstinting support and guidance in successful completion of the study. Particularly, our sincere gratitude to Dr Li Xuan, Senior Policy Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Tomio Shichiri, FAO Representative in India, Dr Konda Reddy Chavva, Assistant FAO Representative in India, Ms Anne Sophie Poisot, Adviser, Sustainable Agriculture, Ms PM Sujatha, Representation Assistant, Mr PV Sunil, Field Programme Associate, and Ms Uma Balaji, Programme Secretary. This publication is based on a study commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers‘ Welfare, Government of India in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on the two challenges emerging from the implementation of the Ministry’s TRFA scheme. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Government of India or FAO.


Pulses are an integral component of a sustainable crop-production system, as these crops are capable of biological nitrogen fixation and have low water requirements and a high capacity to withstand changing weather conditions. Pulses are widely grown and consumed in India owing to their high nutritional value, especially as a source of protein. While India contributes 25 percent of the world’s pulse production, its domestic demand far exceeds the available supply. This has led to increasing pressure on prices, accessibility across different income strata, and the country importing pulses for domestic consumption.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Value Chain, Pulses, Economics
Subjects: Others > Smallholder Farmers
Others > Livestock
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Others > Value Chains
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 09:21
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 09:21
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11494
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