India is the fourth-largest producer of chicken meat in the world after the US, China & Brazil, with production touching 3.5-4 million tonnes a year.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted strong rains until August 14, which could improve the water situation.
Traders and processors expect prices to fall once the crop is harvested, as the current price of Rs 3,700 a quintal is unlikely to support exports.
The area under pulses rose to 26.9% from the past week and 39.39% over the previous year in the same period to 90.17 lakh hectares till July 22.
Committee has also been asked to establish difference between desilting and sand mining and also to establish need for desilting for ecology and e-flow.
India imported more than 8 lakh tonnes of chana during this period, mostly from Australia, where there was a 40% increase in production.
The minister said that government has made long term plans to encourage pulse growing among farmers and to review minimum support price (MSP).
A government statement said whitefly has attacked cotton farms in Fazilka, Mansa and Bathinda districts of the state.
Cotton prices have seen a 45% increase in past 15 days trading at Rs 45,000 per candy of 356 kg each. Refined cottonseed oil have risen 10-15% at Rs 710 per kg.
He said micro-irrigation (drips and sprinklers) is a technological option, and though it reaches only about 10% of the potential area, it can contribute to manage demand.
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