May 25

‘Be the One’ campaign seeks to build resilience throughout Tompkins

first_img Devon Magliozzi Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: center_img Tagged: Be the One, Collaborative Solutions Network, mental health, Racker Centers TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. – At a community summit Monday, about a hundred newly minted “Be the One” ambassadors brainstormed ways to build safe, stable, nurturing relationships throughout Tompkins County.“Relationships are the key to building resilience,” said Jaydn McCune, program director for the Collaborative Solutions Network at Franziska Racker Centers. Decades of research show that safe, stable, nurturing relationships provide a buffer against the consequences of chronic stress and trauma. The “Be the One” campaign, spearheaded by McCune and partners across multiple organizations, is an effort to build resilience in the Tompkins community by fostering supportive relationships.Sally Manning, who works with the Collaborative Solutions Network as the Single Point of Access coordinator for children and youth, opened Monday’s “Be the One” summit with a thought experiment.“Imagine if everyone knew they had a safe, stable, nurturing relationship,” she said.As attendees from teachers to social workers to faith leaders settled in, Manning invited them to look around. “Everyone in this room is probably the one for someone,” she said. “Being the one for someone is such a simple thing.”Participants shared stories over the next few hours that demonstrated how being the one could be both simple and profound.Devra Rivkin shares her “Be the One” story at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Devra Rivkin shares her “Be the One” story at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)Devra Rivkin told the room about a momentous experience in her life: an arrest, without merit, that left her shivering in a jail cell, feeling famished and dehumanized. One officer took pity on her while she sat on the cell floor and passed an apple from her own lunch through the grate. That officer, a young black woman, was Rivkin’s one that day. Later, when the officer received a thank you note from Rivkin during a particularly grueling day of work, Rivkin was her one.“That story, where you don’t even know the effect you’ll have on someone, has touched me for life,” Rivkin said.Rivkin’s story was big. By her own telling, Margo Polikoff’s story was tiny.Polikoff saw a young woman, a stranger, who appeared anxious as she headed into a health clinic. She was pacing in the foyer, hesitating at the door. “Is there anything I can do right now to help you?” Polikoff asked. “How about a hug?” Polikoff doesn’t know how the rest of the young woman’s day or week or year unfolded, but walking out of the clinic together, the woman said she felt no worse off than before that appointment.“What’s really compelling about the ‘Be the One’ campaign for me,” Polikoff said, “is it’s really about everyone, it’s for all of us.” Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: A speaker suggested anyone could be the one by responding with empathy when people act out. Don’t ask, “What’s wrong with you?” she said. Instead, ask, “What happened to you? What was your experience? Where do we go from here?”At tables across the room, small groups swapped stories of who their “one” is and whose “one” they are. Some supportive relationships had lasted years, while some began and ended in minutes. Some were formal, like those between teachers and students or Big and Little Brothers, while some developed organically between neighbors or teammates.Small groups brainstormed ways to “Be the One” at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Small groups brainstormed ways to “Be the One” at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)Groups shared out ideas for fostering more supportive relationships in schools, community organizations and faith communities. One table suggested creating a wall showcasing acts of kindness, and another suggested mailing thank you notes to people who have been the one and might not even realize it.Since the “Be the One” campaign won a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health in August, several ideas have already taken flight.About 10,000 “Be the One” bracelets are making their way around the county. “We’re hoping that will inspire 10,000 conversations,” said McCune.School districts, including Lansing and Dryden so far, have talked with campaign coordinators about starting community reads, writing assignments and art projects around building healthy relationships and resilience.A choir recorded a “Be the One” theme song at Sunwood Recording Studios in Trumansburg, and has shared the sheet music, arranged by Stan Stewart and Alice Ploss, with music groups and classrooms throughout Tompkins.Mayor Svante Myrick proclaimed 2019 the “Be the One year” in the City of Ithaca, with a statement touting the campaign’s efforts to “raise awareness about the importance of safe, stable, nurturing relationships as the foundation of individual and community-wide mental health and emotional and physical well-being for all persons regardless of age, race, disability, culture, creed, faith or socio-economic status.”McCune said the campaign is currently in its first phase, focusing on outreach to schools, youth organizations and faith communities. There will be a second summit for community members in May, mental health awareness month, to generate ideas for spreading the message more widely.“It’s a totally inclusive message,” said Nora Rucker, who is working on campaign outreach with the Collaborative Solutions Network. She said schools and community organizations already have the capacity for fostering relationships that build resilience. “The question is how do we equip all organizations with enough information that they can take it and make it their own?”Featured image: An ensemble sings the “Be the One” theme song at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi last_img read more

September 24

Help Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week

first_imgUNITED STATES — Teachers provide our children with the tools and resources they need to be successful.To recognize educators and their vital roles, the country will be celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6.One way to show your appreciation is by sharing a picture of yourself with an influential teacher, a picture of your child with their teacher or a picture of yourself with a simple thank you to a teacher on social media.Regardless of how you and your family participate in National Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s work to make sure our Hoosier educators know they’re valued. Thank you to all teachers — past and present — for all your hard work.last_img read more

September 23

Jenner takes care of business at Banks

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. (June 14) – Matt Jenner took care of business when the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds took their turn on the oval Saturday night at Sunset Speedway Park.Jenner led the entirety of the feature despite nearly losing the race on the last lap. Rob Ireland made a banzai last lap pass on the white flag lap only for Jenner to retake the lead and win his first career SSP IMCA Modified victory. Ireland, Doug Lockwood, Robert Jenner and Don Jenner rounded out the top five.last_img read more

August 13

Nishikori ponders mixed doubles with Osaka at Tokyo Olympics

first_img“For me, I love tennis. Sometimes I feel like I don’t, but I wake up every morning and if I don’t play, I feel like I’ve done nothing during the day.“I just go out now every day trying to learn something new, trying to just do the best that I can.”Osaka resisted the notion her life is a dream made real, even with two Grand Slams and a top ranking before her 22nd birthday.“I’m really blessed to be in this position, and then there are bad things that come with that,” Osaka said. “I would never say anything negative about what’s going on in my life right now.“For me, when you say is it a dream, it’s like something fluffy, like you’re on the beach somewhere sipping a pina colada. I’m right here right now.”– Confident Nishikori –Nishikori pondered his own growth and fan base in Japan, wondering if he could have produced the same success under the attention and pressure of living in Japan.“I have to say, if I lived in Japan, I think I was going to have a different life,” he said. “There’s too much attention. I feel like I’m a star there. But I think it’s good thing that I live in States.”Nishikori says the US Open always brings excitement and nerve. He produced his best Grand Slam result here five years ago, losing the final to Marin Cilic, and reached the semi-finals in 2016 and 2018.“I feel a lot of confidence from that memory, playing final first time in Grand Slam. But also I always think that I could play a little better in a final. I lost straight sets. I didn’t do well. I hope I can come back to that stage again. I hope I can play differently.”Share on: WhatsApp Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka, left, and US Open 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori with the Japanese flag — which could fly for them in mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsNew York, United States | AFP |  A Japanese dream duo of Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori could come together for mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.World number one Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, and Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up ranked seventh in the world, could be a formidable combination in the fight for gold next year.But Nishikori, who addressed the idea Friday as he prepared for the start of the US Open, worried that adding the event to singles and men’s doubles might be too much in the Tokyo summer heat.“I will play men’s doubles, for sure. With that condition — very hot, very humid — playing singles and two doubles, I don’t know if I can,” Nishikori said.“I haven’t (had to) think too much yet honestly. I don’t know. I will talk to Naomi later.”Nishikori, 29, said it was understandable that 21-year-old Osaka has said this has been a tough year for her. She followed her US Open triumph with an Australian Open win, attained number one then lost and regained — enduring early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon along the way.“I’m sure it’s going to be OK. I think time will help her to get back to normal,” Nishikori said.“I think it’s normal to have that feeling. She suddenly gets number one, winning two Grand Slams, be number one like straightaway. She’s still young.“I’m sure she will think a lot of things — some things she doesn’t have to think. But if she can try hard practicing and play every match hard, I think she’s going to be OK.”Osaka said a recent break from tennis helped revive her outlook on the game and her place in it.“It has definitely changed for me,” Osaka said. “I took a break sort of and relaxed my mind and realized that you have to have fun doing what you love.last_img read more

August 12

OVERTIME

first_img4. The quarterback problem is a problem we created. We should have never gone to training camp with two guys whose careers are all but over. And knowing that “Big Ben” does get hurt…I mean hurt! Okay that was just a little slip off the tongue humor because Ben said his broken rib was going to puncture his heart…yeah right! 5. Good news. James Harrison and the defense are back. And remember no matter how ugly it was it only counts as one loss!:09 Speaking of defense, and I was, TROY WHO?! That’s right, I said it. If you got the #1 defense in the league without him, then why do we need him? I’m just saying.:08 The Rivers family still does it better than anybody when it comes to the holiday hook-up. The reining patriarch of the family J.R. and his beautiful wife Shiela had enough food to feed a bus full of homeless people. And I mean a Mega-Bus. Good food, good family, good friends, football, Bey-Bey kids everywhere, “Mark” and his hate the Steelers non-stop noise (although the word on the street is that Mark sleeps in a Steelers T-Shirt.) All that and you add one of Pittsburgh’s finest, Mike Logan, to the family mix and it just doesn’t get any better. I can still hear mom and dad Rivers in the background spreading the good old family love around…The tradition continues with Gena all grown up, “Looking like the Hollywood star we knew she would be,” Ron’s baby girl Reece a mom, and did I mention the food? Thanks Maryellen for bringing me into the family. We’ve had some great times, I love you all. (P.S. Mary Ellen, you know Darlene should have won!):07 Where is the good music? I mean the really good stuff? Babyface—Roberta Flack—Peabo Bryson—Issac Hayes—Barry White—The Main Ingredient—Natalie Cole—Patti LaBelle…C’mon y’all, remember!!!!:06 The Lakers will be just fine. When Nash returns the offense will too. Kobe will have to score less and Dwight Howard and Gasol will form an inside force to deal with. Take it to the bank!:05 Pitt took #4 Michigan to the wire after leading most of the game. Yea they’re for real!:04 Speaking of Pitt, and I was. (See how this works. You Wilkinsburg Grads aren’t as slow as people say.) Does anybody remember Mike Booker and the King Twins; some of the Burgh’s finest runners? Anyways, don’t miss “The City Game” coming up Dec. 5 at Consol. I can remember when that Pitt/Duquesne match up was the game of the year and an annual sell-out that never disappointed.:03 Ms. Johnnie Howard, thanks for reading. You’re now “In The Locker Room.”:02 Hey Today’s Hunting Season…….. That’s all I got.:01 At the buzzer HEEEEEERRREEE WE GO.1. Rayco “War” Saunders goes to battle next week. I predict a knockout. What we gonna do, champ? Rumble young man, rumble.2. The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club invites you to their annual Christmas party Dec. 8 at Three Lakes Golf Club in Penn Hills from 9 p.m until midnight, and its free. Old School DJ, cash bar, free parking. And it’s free to get your free ticket. Call 412-287-8610.3. You’ve been waiting for it. Here it is. The 2012 Awardees’ for the 37th annual Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh/Allegheny County MVP Awards Banquet, Dec. 9 at Three Lakes Golf Club, 6700 Saltsburg Rd. in Penn Hills. 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception—7:30 Yolanda Barber in Concert—8 Dinner—9 Awards Presentation—Free Parking, Cash Bar and Special Celebrity Guests Chanel Smith (former Ms. Pittsburgh), Rita Gregory (actress), Jacquet Bazemore (Karate Grand Master), Rick Coleman (Pittsburgh basketball legend), and Michael Moorer (former World Heavyweight Boxing champion), just to name a few. Awardees Include: Michael Moorer—Wes Lyons—Terry Smith—Harvey Smith—Calvin Clinton—Coach Gary Ingelido—Kevin Howard—Charles “Buddy” Allie—Donna Baxter—Ulish Carter—Eric Gaines—Octavia Greswold—Reggie Dukes—Coach Chad Walsh—Donna Bey—Heath Bailey—Nicco Pryce—“Londoun” Gloria Schifino—Thomas Woodson—Carly Seneca—Akil Young—Kalia Rose—Anne Carter and Mike Booker Jr. For ticket information, call 412-628-4856.“It’s the Nite Of The Champions”~GAME OVER~ BILL NEAL :10 Let’s get right to it. The faster you swallow the medicine the better it tastes. 1. Coach ‘T’ I know you get paid a lot of money to know these things but chances are if you go with one running back, you would only have one fumble. Not six from four different backs. 2. Just let Plaxico go 10 yards, turn around and catch the ball. 3. I don’t care if you throw Heath Miller the ball 10 times in a row. If he keeps catching it, keep throwing it.last_img read more

August 4

Sheriff Gets OK to Continue Participation in Military Surplus Supply Program

first_imgNationally, there have been some concerns about the militarization of local law enforcement. In nearby Mercer County, freeholders voted in September to buy a $309,000 armored vehicle from a vendor for the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Jack Kemler said it is “not a tank and not an assault vehicle” but rather would be used in emergencies involving a sniper or other dangerous cases. There was opposition to the purchase amid concerns of law enforcement becoming militarized. “If he feels it’s something we can use and require, he has that latitude,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said of Golden. Monmouth County Freeholders last week voted unanimously to allow county Sheriff Shaun Golden to continue to seek surplus military equipment from the Department of Defense for the sheriff’s office. Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell said that between the police department and the office of emergency management, the borough has obtained two Humvees and one high water rescue vehicle. The federally funded “1033 program,” named after legislation, provides weapons, binoculars, vehicles and other equipment to law enforcement agencies around the country. In its resolution, the freeholders said the program enabled the county to acquire valuable equipment that it could not otherwise afford, and has helped equip the county in its effort to recover from weather events such as Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The federal government keeps track of which agencies around the country have participated in the program and the equipment they have. “The Humvees, we can use them during floods, but we don’t get a whole lot of flooding in Red Bank,” he said. “We use them more often in a larger snow storm. Most of our patrol cars are all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, but sometimes if the snow gets too deep in some of the unplowed areas, we use the Humvee to get through the snow.” “I think it’s fiscally and practically a great thing for us , ” Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger said. “You’re getting equipment at no cost that will aid in everything. And don’t forget, especially during an emergency like Sandy, we used a lot of that military surplus equipment to help rescue people, to help clear infrastructure.” Pallone, whose district includes parts of Monmouth County, was not available for comment. By Philip Sean Curran “There are more than 7,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies now participating in the program,” said Michelle McCaskill, a spokeswoman for the Defense Logistics Agency, which manages the 1033 program. “Five percent of all the equipment provided to law enforcement agencies through the program are weapons. Less than one percent are tactical vehicles. Since its inception, the program has transferred more than $6.8 billion worth of property.” center_img The list for the Sheriff’s office includes what’s de- scribed as “parts kit, vehicular lighting” and “receiver subassembly, radio.” Police forces in Monmouth are among the many law enforcement agencies in the state that have participated in the 1033 program. The Red Bank Council, though, has to give final approval for obtaining any vehicles, said councilwoman and police commissioner Kate L. Triggiano. There are no plans at the moment to get any vehicles, she said. Golden did not respond toa request for comment madethrough his office. Some federal lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6), want to see reforms to the 1033 program, including preventing local police from getting military grade weapons, among other things. He and other members of Congress are supporting legislation that would make that and other changes. She said she had trust in the police “to make the proper decision on the equipment necessary for our department.” These vehicles were obtained by Red Bank through the federal 1033 program. They are primarily used for storm response by the police and office of emergency management.Photo by Philip Sean Curran In Middletown, police have acquired a laptop computer and a survival vest, among other things. Monmouth Beach Police has obtained two trucks, while the Neptune City Police Department has acquired rifles, trucks and other equipment. Other items have included pelican cases used for carrying equipment, office furniture, binoculars and gear bags. The department has not obtained weapons through the program, he said. last_img read more

August 2

SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD WINNER MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS WOOLF TROPHY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12.Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists; James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied on April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.–30–last_img read more

January 11

Council OKs immigration resolution

first_imgPALMDALE – In a symbolic move, the Palmdale City Council passed a resolution calling on the federal government to enforce laws against illegal immigration and to reimburse local governments for expenses for providing services to undocumented immigrants. Palmdale officials are calling for the federal government to enforce existing laws and to reimburse state and local governments for such expenses as education, incarceration, medical treatment and “any care or services provided to or for illegal aliens and their dependents.” The City Council approved the resolution Wednesday, just days before city officials will be making a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. Councilman Tom Lackey, who will be making the trip next week with Mayor Jim Ledford and City Manager Steve Williams, said the resolution is an effort to draw federal officials’ attention to the demands of the community to address the illegal immigration issue. Many of those ordinances are being challenged in court. Arguments include the fact that much of the activities in regards to the issue are covered by federal law; that such ordinances can be divisive to a community; and that there will be an increase in costs for enforcement, city officials said. Palmdale does have an ordinance on its books regulating day-laborer activity, but it hasn’t enforced it because of litigation involving similar ordinances in the cities of Glendale, Vista and Redondo Beach. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have to have a unified voice and a loud voice,” Lackey said. “Let’s address this important issue. Let’s secure our borders.” Although the city is studying the impact of illegal immigration in preparation for future actions, this particular resolution is more symbolic than substantive, Ledford said. “This is more of an expression of a position,” Ledford said. “It doesn’t do anything other than say this is what we believe.” Palmdale officials said they are in the early stages of determining what options they might have to address the issue. They want to come up with something unique to the city’s issues that will stand up to legal challenges. There are about 50 ordinances either enacted or being considered by cities and counties across the country trying to address illegal immigration. Some of the ordinances involve prohibitions against hiring undocumented immigrants or renting them housing, and others are aimed at regulating day laborers. last_img read more

December 19

Can Materialism Provide a Sense of Purpose?

first_img(Visited 162 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Studies show that having a sense of purpose enhances mental and physical health. The problem for materialists is how to conjure it up out of matter in motion.New Scientist, the staunchly atheist rag in the UK, is no friend of creation, conservatism, or the Bible. Once in awhile, though, they do have to face reality. Reporter Teal Burrell recently contributed a piece to New Scientist about “A meaning to life: How a sense of purpose can keep you healthy.” Can she get from atoms to purpose?As human beings, it is hard for us to shake the idea that our existence must have significance beyond the here and now. Life begins and ends, yes, but surely there is a greater meaning. The trouble is, these stories we tell ourselves do nothing to soften the harsh reality: as far as the universe is concerned, we are nothing but fleeting and randomly assembled collections of energy and matter. One day, we will all be dust.Spoken as a consistent materialist. And yet— we aren’t dust yet.One day, but not yet. Just because life is ultimately meaningless doesn’t stop us searching for meaning while we are alive. Some seek it in religion, others in a career, money, family or pure escapism. But all who find it seem to stumble across the same thing – a thing psychologists call “purpose”.We each have a few days left (she says in effect) before turning to dust to find this elusive thing called ‘purpose.’The notion of purpose in life may seem ill-defined and even unscientific. But a growing heap of research is pinning down what it is, and how it affects our lives. People with a greater sense of purpose live longer, sleep better and have better sex. Purpose cuts the risk of stroke and depression. It helps people recover from addiction or manage their glucose levels if they are diabetic. If a pharmaceutical company could bottle such a treatment, it would make billions. But you can find your own, and it’s free.She defines purpose by its effects, not by its essence. We still don’t know what it is. This ‘vague’ and ‘ephemeral’ purpose — is it just a comfortable fantasy? Can it be conjured like a genie out of the materialist bottle to do its master’s will? Distinguishing hedonic (pleasurable) from eudaimonic (goal-directed) purpose doesn’t seem to help much, although the latter seem to provide most of the health benefits. Burrell slights religion, arguing that while religious people tend to score higher than others in purpose-driven health benefits, not all of them do, and some non-religious people experience purpose. (By this she fallaciously reasons that all religions are equivalent. I Corinthians 13 is vastly different from a belief that by killing as many infidels as you can with a suicide bomb you will have endless sexual bliss in the afterlife. Both involve ‘purpose’ of a sort, but can they really be compared? Would Burrell congratulate the latter if his purpose made him feel good? Word has it that ISIS is recruiting brainwashed captive Yazidi children as suicide bombers. Some purpose.)When all is said and done, for a materialist like Burrell, a sense of purpose must boil down to particles in motion. “If people with purpose live longer, there must be some biology underpinning that,” her favorite authority figure opines. Ratcheting up his perhapsimaybecouldness index, he speculates:That something could be a brain region called the ventral striatum, an area activated when people are told to focus on things of value. Cole has found in as-yet-unpublished research that people with more activity in this area show similar patterns of gene expression to those with high levels of eudaemonic well-being. Focusing on something positive and bigger than yourself may activate the ventral striatum, which can inhibit areas like the amygdala, which usually promotes the stress response. Another indication of this comes from research showing that higher scores on a scale of purpose correlated with less amygdala activation.And one study indicates that people with higher eudaemonic well-being have both increased activity in the ventral striatum and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “Things that you value can override things that you fear,” says Cole.An alternative theory for how purpose could affect biology is by preserving telomeres, caps on the ends of chromosomes that protect DNA from damage, but that shorten with age and stress.If materialism is true, however, it would make no sense for Burrell to advise people on how to improve their sense of purpose. “Who” makes that decision? If your brain determines your feelings, you could just take a ‘purpose pill’ and cure a brain imbalance like you would cure any other illness. But even then, “who” would decide to take the pill?In the view of Burrell and New Scientist, it all ends in death. Some purpose.How would you respond to this article? Let’s hear some comments. Come back later for our thoughts.last_img read more

November 26

India imported 55.1 lakh tonnes of pulses in Apr-Feb of FY16

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) As part of efforts to check rise in pulse prices, India imported 55.1 lakh tonnes of lentil valued at USD 3,690.3 million in April-February of 2015-16, Parliament was informed today.The country had imported 45.8 lakh tonnes of pulses valued at USD 2,786.1 million in 2014-15 and 36.4 lakh tonnes at USD 2,119.3 million in 2013-14, according to a written reply to the Rajya Sabha by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.”To augment domestic availability and stabilise prices of pulses, the government imported 5,000 tonnes of tur through MMTC in 2015-16. For buffer stock of pulses, MMTC has already contracted for import of 13,500 tonnes of tur and 12,500 tonnes of urad,” Sitharaman said.The Centre has created a buffer stock of 50,000 tonnes of tur and urad procured in the 2015 kharif season and is also in the process of buying rabi pulses.The government is using the Price Stabilisation Fund for creating buffer stock and import of pulses and other essential commodities so that it can intervene in the market to check prices. As per the agriculture ministrys second estimate, pulse production is estimated at 17.33 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop year (July-June), marginally higher than the previous years production of 17.15 million tonnes. India is the worlds largest producer of pulses, but its domestic demand outstrips production. The shortfall is met through imports, which rose to 5.79 million tonnes in 2015-16, from 4.58 million tonnes in the previous year. PTI JTR ARDlast_img read more