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With the monsoon making Jharkhand notch 876.1 mm of rainfall against an average normal of 876 mm,the agriculture department in the state has come out with a positive declaration-pulse production expected to cross the target.

The target was nine lakh metric tonnes this time.Now,with the fine and average rain fall,the production of pulse is expected to cross over nine lakh metric tonnes.

In this state,Palamau,Garhwa,Latehar,Simdega,Ranchi,Gumla,West Singhbhum and saraikela-Kharsawan are nine major pulse producing districts where rain falls were in line with the need of the pulse crops,says experts.As a result,the production is expected to cross over to nine lakh metric tonnes against the record of 8.5 lakh metric tonnes in these districts in 2016-17.

"For the first time,pulse sowing reached 4.52 lakh hectares of land against the set target of six lakh hectares.The sowing coverage has crossed 75 percent  mark by now",said Deputy Director of the state Agriculture Department Mukesh Sinha.

As it is,official data show that the state's annual requirement for pulses is about seven lakh tonnes though its total production was about 50 percent of the demand till 2015-16.Sowing coverage never crossed 4.6 lakh hectares.This time, however,it has gone over 4.52 lakh hectares.

In the list of these nine districts,Palamau was ahead of other eight districts,said Sinha. 

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