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Lentil production of India was 1.28 million tonnes in 2022 from an acreage of 1.42 million ha. with a productivity of 904 kg/ha. as per fourth advanced estimate from DES, MoAF&W, Govt. of India. Canada was the top exporting nation for lentil in 2021, whereas India was the top importer. Lentil had an Export value worth US$ 2.80 billion in 2021 and an import value of US$ 2.85 billion. The global lentil market had a volume of 8.30 million tons in the year 2021. The global lentil protein market is expected to reach a market valuation of US$ 208.3 million by 2033, accelerating with a CAGR of 5.1% by 2033 (FMI, 2023). The global lentil market size reached 14.2 Million Tons in 2022. Looking forward, the market analyst firm Tridge expected the market to reach 26.7 Million Tons by 2028, with a CAGR of 11.1% during 2022-2028 (Tridge, 2022). Lentils are rich in carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, folate, thiamine, vitamins, minerals, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, and other essential nutrients and used widely in the processing sector (unhusked seeds, split cotyledon dahl, savouries etc.). Lentil is the principal legume crop in the rice fallow belts of eastern India and also taken by farmers of central India. As per fourth advanced estimate from DES, MoAF&W, Govt. of India, 2022- Uttar Pradesh is the leading lentil producing state in India (0.47 million tonnes from 0.49 ha. acreage, 36.43 % of national production), followed by Madhya Pradesh (0.44 million tonnes from 0.49 million ha. acreage, 34.55% of national production), West Bengal (10.53%), Bihar (8.84%) and Jharkhand (4.50%) depending on their contribution in the national production of lentil.

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