Maharashtra Tur procurement evokes poor response from the farmers, state has begun Tur procurement in a small way, barely 433 quintal have been procured by the government procurement centres. According to senior government officials, some 157 centres have been established to procure Tur.
Although the government has set a target of procuring 25 lakh quintal, senior officials revealed that these targets may not be met because prices are likely to remain firm and go upwards and may soon cross the Rs 600-700 per quintal on the back of shortage of supply for the pulse due to drought in Maharashtra.
Farmers are waiting in anticipation of higher prices and are not in a hurry to sell. Growers are likely to approach the government centres at the end of the season if the prices drop below the MSP mark.
At Latur’s wholesale market, the average traded price of Tur on Friday was around Rs 5,300-5,500 per quintal and arrivals were to the tune of 8,000-9,000 quintals. The MSP of Tur has been fixed by the Centre at Rs 5,675 per quintal.