Amid expectations of a record rabi crop due to good monsoon rains, adequate soil moisture and a rise in the groundwater table, India is set to record self-sufficiency in pulses this year.
The first advance estimate of the ministry of agriculture for 2013-14 pegged kharif production at 6.01 million tonnes, a two per cent increase compared with 5.91 mt the previous year.
The India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA) estimates production of kharif pulses at seven mt this year.
"We estimate rabi pulses output to rise five-10 per cent.
"This year, agro climatic conditions have been very supportive, especially in major producing states such as Rajasthan," said Bimal Kothari, vice-chairman of IPGA.
"We are expecting exceptionally good rabi production of both pulses and oilseeds this year due to favourable climatic conditions.
"A good monsoon, followed by intermittent extended season rainfalls, turned the climate in favour of pulses. India is moving gradually ahead to become self-sufficient in terms of pulses this year.
"However, the actual output would determine trade," said Ashok Gulati, chairman of the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices, which decides the minimum support price for agriculture commodities.
The rabi season accounts for about 70 per cent of India's pulses production.
Against an estimated overall production of 18.45 mt in 2012-13, India's annual pulses consumption stands at 20