Chickpea: A Preferred Pulse? uri icon


  • The per caput availability of pulses in India has declined by about 1.2% since 1970. This is almost exclusively because of chickpea, the major pulse food crop in India, which registered a decline of 33% in per caput availability. As a result of limited supplies, chickpea prices have risen. Over the 1970-90 period, prices of chickpea rose by 1.9% per year, whilst those for pigeonpea, mung bean and lentil rose by 1.1%, 0.9% and 0.8% per year respectively. The latter three crops were able to maintain their production over this period, which indicates that there is a greater capacity to increase supplies of these pulses. As chickpea prices have risen, consumers have substituted other pulses, and chickpea prices have adjusted downwards in consequence. Introduction of new production technology for chickpea could increase productivity and bring down prices, which would improve its competitive position on the domestic market

publication date

  • 1993