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World Pulses Day is celebrated annually on 10 th February every year and the theme for 2024 is “Pulses: Nourishing soil and people”. The production of the people’s food relies on soils and healthy soils not only provide the basis of food security but also offer minerals required to avoid malnutrition, growth stunting and other nutrient deficit illness like anaemia. Therefore, pulses not only provide food for humankind but also keep soils healthy. Pulses were part of human and animal food for times immemorial but indices like malnutrition, hunger, poverty and shortage of foods have increased world’s concern to meet the new targets of feeding the burgeoning population through a healthy, hygienic and sufficient diet. These pulses provide protein, dietary fiber along with significant amount of iron, zinc, folate and magnesium there by enhancing quality of diet. Pulses are legumes or small plants with edible seeds. The term “pulses” differentiates from “crops” because pulses are harvested when the seeds become dry whereas crops are harvested with their plants are still green.

Pulses include beans, dry peas and lentils whereas dals used in the Indian subcontinent are dried and split pulses requiring no pre-soaking. India is the largest producer of pulses in the world. These dals are the most common and versatile food that one can find in an Indian kitchen as they are flavourful, nutritious and super healthy. KVK, Wyra celebrated World Pulses Day and attended by Dr. K. Ravi Kumar Programme Coordinator (FAC), scientists Dr. Jessie Suneetha W and Mrs. P. S. M. Phanisri. The common problems in varieties available for cultivation of pulses, pests and disease management and nutritional importance were discussed at length. Also. The commonly used pulses were displayed for creating awareness on low-cost pulses available for the benefit of farm women.

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