The arrival of harvested mustard crop is on its peak in Kota region but farmers are forced to sell their produce below declared minimum support price (MSP) as the market price is low. Besides, the government is yet to start purchasing mustard on MSP.
The central government has declared MSP of ₹3,600 per quintal and bonus of ₹100 per quintal on government purchase of mustard crop. The government purchases mustard through its agency -- National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED). And NAFED through its agency Rajasthan State Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd (RAJFED).
Lack of government purchase of mustard is leading to losses to farmers since most of their produce is being sold at around ₹3,200 to ₹3,400 per quintal which is less than MSP plus bonus price of ₹3,700 per quintal.
Bansilal, a farmer in Mohammadpura village, said he had to sell his 10 quintals of mustard at the Bhamashah Grain Mandi of Kota in ₹3,251 per quintal as government purchase of mustard has not started yet. Satyanarayan, another farmer in Madanpura, said he sold his 25 quintals of mustard in Bhamashah Mandi in ₹3400 per quintal.
General secretary of Hadauti Kisan Union Dashrath Kumar said already the MSP of mustard is less than the cost of cultivation of mustard but even then the government purchase of mustard has not started yet.
“The MSP of mustard is ₹3,700 per quintal (including ₹100 bonus) whereas the cost of mustard cultivation is ₹4600 per quintal so the government should increase the MSP to at least ₹4,000 per quintal and also start its government purchase.”
RAJFED regional manager Tej Singh Nirwan said no instruction to start purchasing mustard has been received from NAFED but the Rajasthan government was in touch with the union government on the issue.
The daily average arrival of mustard in Bhamashah Mandi is around 8,000-10,000 quintals. Mustard was sown in around 2 lakh hectares area in Kota division while estimated production of mustard is likely to remain around 3 lakh tonnes this year.
Agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini had urged the union government around 10 days ago about starting government purchase of mustard.