Widen­ing cost gulf

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every­day skir­mishes be­tween farm­ers and govern­ment of­fi­cials,” says Kedar Sirohi, a farmer from Harda district. “The mar­ket is of­fer­ing per tonne for the best qual­ity of moong, which is way be­low the Min­i­mum Sup­port Price (msp) of per tonne,” he adds.

In Gu­jarat, Ma­ha­rash­tra and Ra­jasthan, the mar­ket price for moong has crashed to be­low per tonne. “We switched to large-scale pulses farm­ing be­cause of the ris­ing prices and govern­ment as­sur­ances, but when the time came to reap the har­vest, the mar­ket tanked,” says Asuram, a farmer from Bikaner district, Ra­jasthan. Govern­ment es­ti­mates re­veal that it has pro­cured only 3,300 tonnes from 330 farm­ers in 200 cen­tres in Kar­nataka, Te­lan­gana, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Andhra Pradesh and MP—that is about only 16.5 tonnes from each cen­tre.

Mar­ket prices MSP

The gap be­tween the con­sumer and whole­sale prices of pulses has con­tin­ued to widen de­spite in­crease in pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing buf­fer stocks from im­ports

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