Govt will step in to level tur prices

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - STATE TUR PRO­DUC­TION

ding cold stor­age un­af­ford­able. Ra­jen­dra Shelke, pres­i­dent of Onion-Potato Traders As­so­ci­a­tion in Vashi, said, “We get 25-30% dam­ages in old onions as farm­ers re­leased stock un­able to hold it fur­ther. The new crop is de­layed by rains.” Rates may fall once the red onion, the new crop, hits the mar­ket.

Farm­ers say co­rian­der too was hit as the re­ced­ing mon­soon ru­ined crops in the state —Bella Jais­ing­hani, Bhavika Jain & B B Nayak Mum­bai: Ahead of the fes­tive sea­son, the gov­ern­ment will sell tur dal to re­tail gi­ants across the state at Rs 70 per kg and al­low them to sell it at Rs 80 per kg to the con­sumer, a mar­gin of Rs 10 per kg.

Af­ter hoard­ing nearly 1.25 lakh tonnes bought from farm­ers un­der the mar­ket in­ter­ven­tion scheme, for more than five months, the gov­ern­ment has started milling the tur and will sell it to gov­ern­ment agen­cies as well as whole­salers. “We have in­vited re­tail­ers across the state to buy our tur dal. If they are will­ing to buy at least 10,000 kg from us, we will pack the dal in 1 kg packs and de­liver it to their doorstep,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from the mar­ket­ing de­part­ment.

Tur dal now re­tails at Rs 90105 de­pend­ing on the shop’s lo­ca­tion and the qual­ity of dal. “This de­ci­sion will bring cheaper tur dal to con­sumers in the fes­tive sea­son. Sec­ondly, we free our godowns to make room for pur­chases in the com­ing sea­son,” said an of­fi­cial.

Ear­lier this year, 6.7 lakh quin­tals were bought from farm­ers un­der var­i­ous schemes by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, of which 1.25 lakh were pur­chased by the state gov­ern­ment. The move was meant to pro­tect farm­ers from losses af­ter abumper crop.

The bumper crop of 20 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 was three times the pre­vi­ous year’s har­vest as many farm­ers turned to tur af­ter prices of the pulse soared the year be­fore. -Bhavika Jain

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