Nationwide Agricultural Cooperative Advertising Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) has not procured tur (arhar) or soyabean in Latur, one of many greatest tur markets in Maharashtra. Although it has began procurement operations for tur and soya, farmers who used to queue up at procurement centres are promoting their produce to merchants within the open market the place they’re getting a a lot increased value than the MSP.
“The MSP for tur is Rs 6,000 and soya (yellow) Rs 3,800 per quintal. However available in the market, farmers are getting between Rs 6,900 to Rs 7,500 per quintal for tur, and about Rs 4,700 per quintal for soya. The influx of tur available in the market is much less this yr and therefore charges are climbing up,” mentioned NAFED official, Y. E. Sumthane, in Latur. He added that on common NAFED procures 2-3 lakh quintals of tur from Latur. “This yr we now have not procured something to this point,” mentioned Sumthane chatting with BusinessLine.
Hari Mokashe, a neighborhood in Latur, mentioned that unseasonal rains had affected tur cultivation and farmers are unwilling to promote to the NAFED. “The precise cultivation value is rather more than the MSP and therefore farmers are promoting their produce within the open market in the event that they get good charges. Nonetheless, MSP ought to proceed as it’s a fall-back possibility,” he mentioned.
Sominath Gholwe, a farmer and agriculture researcher mentioned, “It’s fairly doable that the charges within the markets are inflated artificially. At many locations, merchants don’t provide market charges and buy produce simply above the MSP value. At the moment, charges of tur and soya are excessive as a result of manufacturing is much less. This may not be the situation when there’s ample produce obtainable available in the market, and therefore MSP is important.” He mentioned farmers are susceptible and may very well be exploited in any of the present market techniques.
Farmers oppose import of dal
Tur farmers have opposed the All India Dal Mill Affiliation’s demand to import tur at management costs.
The Affiliation has approached the federal government looking for imports to stabilise the costs. In keeping with the Affiliation, whereas the crop is 20 per cent decrease this yr, the demand from giant patrons has pushed up costs.
“The federal government should resolve on the import coverage, whether or not it’s tur or onions. On the one hand, the federal government is eager to implement the brand new farm legal guidelines saying that farmers ought to compete within the open market. Then again, it imports agri commodities if charges go up. Authorities goes by standard sentiment with regards to tur or onion costs going up. When farmers endure closely as a consequence of glut manufacturing and low costs, no one involves rescue us,” mentioned Bharat Dighole, President, Maharashtra State Onion Growers’ Affiliation.
In the meantime, the worth of tur reached Rs 6,950 per quintal within the Jintur market in Maharashtra on Monday. In different markets, the worth was above Rs 6,000 per quintal.