Lentil in demands
In Tripura, anyone asked for daily menu would give an inevitable answer of Lentil soup or locally ‘Dal’ in their daily menu chart. It is such a popular recipe that more than eighty percent of the total population would not miss the ‘Dal’ in their meal.
But, the question is; have anybody (Agriculturist) ever given serious attention to this highly market potential pulse for popularization? How the requirement of Lentil does is fulfilled in Tripura?
In Tripura, whatever is available in the market is coming from outside the states! Or at least the lion share of total Lentil requirement in the state is met up through outside state.
Present scenario of Lentil cultivation
It is not that soil & climatic condition are not suitable for Lentil cultivation but the fact is that most of the people of Tripura are not even opportune to see the grown up Lentil plants itself.
The crop is suitable to the soil & climatic condition to be grown as Rabi crop but it has not been tried in Tripura for its popularization. Though the department of agriculture is pursuing the matter and Krishi Vigyan Kendra also trying best to popularize the pulses crops in Tripura but till date no remarkable achievement is observed in the matter.
With the land and climatic condition, by this time Tripura should have been self reliant in Lentil cultivation and production nevertheless it has not been happening so due to lack of insights to the Lentil pulse cultivation and its viability in the state.
As mentioned the state has huge market for Lentil but this opportunity is not harnessed due to our planning and forecast, thus this potential pulse crop is not making it root mark in the state.
This Lentil crop could easily be grown in upland immediately after the Rice crop (Kharif) but due to our lack of vision and mission, it has remained sideline and alien to the people of the state.
By adopting and popularizing the Lentil cultivation in the state it would not only fulfill the daily requirement of alternative protein and market potentiality but soil would also be enriched with the nitrogen through rhizobium that develops in the root zone of the leguminous crops like Lentil.
The need of the hour is; local demand is huge, soil & climatic conditions are suitable so tap the potential pulse crop in the state for earning the good income and family needs from that pulse crop.
Agritangkol dated 31.12.2011 at 10.00 A.M