Karnataka: Farmers concerned as govt sells tur below MSP | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: A government organisation has started selling last year’s tur stocks in the open market at rates below the minimum support price (MSP) and this has caused concerns among farmers, who fear they, too, may have to sell for less.
Officials said that market conditions determined the rates at which the state could sell, but assured farmers that government procurement centres would continue to buy from them at MSP.
The central government has fixed Rs 6,000 per quintal as the minimum support price for tur for 2020-21, up from last fiscal’s Rs 5,800.

This year, the state government plans to buy 20 quintals at the new MSP from each farmer and the registration process for the same has started. Harvesting of tur began last month. Growers are waiting for the registration work to end, so they can sell produce at the new rate.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) is selling last year’s tur stocks at prices ranging from Rs 5,300 to Rs 5,800 per quintal in the open market. It reportedly sold 53,000 quintals on Wednesday and 28,000 qu intals more on Thursday.
“This has created a situation where farmers are forced to compete with the government in the open market,” claimed Sharanabasappa Mangshetty, tbe Kalaburgi district president of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha. A section of tur growers fears that traders might buy at lower prices from NAFED and sell it back to the government by posing as farmers.
“These problems have cropped up amid the farmers’ protest against new central policies. The Centre should take note of the market situation of tur in Karnataka and amend the new laws accordingly, so farmers’ interests are protected,” said Santhosh Langer, a managing committee member of the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce.
NAFED representatives said that they were only following procedure and clearing old stock. “We go by the tendering process and the selling prices of the day are based on the market situation,” said Jyothi Patil, Bengaluru branch manager, NAFED.
An official of the Karnataka State Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited (KCMF) said that the government had not changed its policy and was buying at MSP from registered farmers. “The registration process is underway and we have started procurement simultaneously. Farmers should not be worried. They can come to our procurement centres and sell tur at MSP,” said Siddu Naik, assistant general manager (procurement) at KCMF.

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