To enable the processing of pulses, or dal, the Bengal Government has tied up with IIT Kharagpur.
Under the tie-up, scientists from the university will be building pulse-processing machines.
The machines would be distributed by the government to the mills processing pulses. Building of new mills would also be encouraged through policy.
To spread out risks and to further improve the fortunes of farmers, the government is promoting the cultivation of crops other than the staple paddy. Pulses form an important component of this plan.
Pulses have a lot of potential, according to a senior official of the Agriculture Department.