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Government cap on crop buying leaves Rajasthan farmers fuming

Farmers of Hadauti region are angry over the government’s “stringent” quality norms and cap on the procurement of kharif crops at minimum support price (MSP)

jaipur Updated: Oct 08, 2017 20:53 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times
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The Rajasthan government has capped the MSP of pulses and other farm produce at the purchase centres at the state agriculture mandis. (Representative picture/HT File Photo. )

The farmers of Hadauti region are angry over the government’s “stringent” quality norms and cap on the procurement of kharif crops at minimum support price (MSP). The farmers said that the government’s procurement process was of “no use” for them due to the cap on crop buying and tough quality measures.

“When I went to the government purchase centre at Agriculture Mandi, I was told that a maximum of 5.6 quintal per hectare of urad and 13.49 quintal per hectare of soybean will be bought on MSP,” said Bajrang Lal Meena (62), a farmer of Garjani village in Bundi district, who has produced more than 75 quintal soybean in two hectare land and around 50 quintal urad in the same area. “Due to the cap, I will be able to sell only one-fifth of my urad and one-third of my soybean crops on MSP, rest I have to sell in the open market at a loss,” he added.

Hadauti Kisan Union (HKS) general secretary Dashrath Kumar said the average production of urad in the Hadauti region is 10 to 13 quintal per hectare and that of soybean 20 quintal to 26 quintal per hectare, but the government is buying only a limited produce from the farmers. “Government should buy entire produce of the farmers on MSP, otherwise farmers will suffer losses,” he suggested.

The MSP for urad is ₹5,400 per quintal and for soybean ₹3,050 per quintal. In comparison to that the market price of urad is ₹3,000 to ₹3,500 per quintal and that of soybean ₹2,600 to ₹2,800 per quintal.

Concerned over the issue, BJP MP from Kota, Om Birla has also written a letter to Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh apprising him about the problems of farmers. “The government purchase of crops (on MSP) commenced in Kota on October 3 and samples of produce of 65 farmers were taken, but not a single quintal of kharif crop was purchased, as the samples failed on the laid norms of government purchase, due to which farmers are forced to sell their produce in the open market in losses,” the MP wrote in the letter.

Birla demanded from the Union government to set up crop grading machines at the government purchase centres in Kota so that the farmers’ crops can be graded and they be paid for their crops according to the grade. He has also asked for enhancing the purchase limit of urad crop from 5.56 quintal per hectare to 12.5 quintal per hectare.

When HT talked to Tej Singh Nirwan, the regional officer of Rajfed, the agency procuring the crops on behalf of the government, he said the government purchases crops from the farmers on the basis of production per hectare. He said in the Kota division the agency is purchasing urad at 12 centres and soybean at 18 centres. “Around 2,250 quintal of urad and 750 quintal of soybean have been bought from farmers on MSP since the start of government purchase centres on October 3,” Nirwan said.

First Published: Oct 08, 2017 20:44 IST