Govt will step in to level tur prices
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