MSP Hike and Incentive to Tur Pulses is turning to be Hoax: VJAS urged opening of NAFED- TRIFED Pulses Procurement Centers
The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) today urged the Government in order to implement decision to raise the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for pulses for the current kharif crops and incentive of Rs.500 per quintal for as current price are prevailing from @1800 to Rs.2300 much below MSP but farmers are forced to sale pluses at lower prices as there is no procurement centre of NAFED or state marketing fedretion .the situation in vidarbha turning tobe much more hostile but there is no time for administration to llok at this serious issue .earlier as per central raised MSP of tur that The increase which ranges from Rs. 380 per quintal to Rs. 700 per quintal is part of the Government’s strategy to boost the production of pulses in the country. The rise in MSP for pulses this year is significant, both in terms of absolute increase and percentage rise. For Arhar (Tur) has been fixed at Rs. 3000 per quintal, of Moong at Rs. 3170 per quintal and of Urad at Rs.2900 per quintal, marking an increase of Rs. 700 per quintal, Rs. 410 per quintal and Rs. 380 per quintal, respectively over the last year’s MSPs. In addition, an additional incentive at the rate of Rs. 5 per kg for tur, urad and moong sold during the harvest/arrival period of two months to procurement agencies was promised but it is turning out to be hoax as major central owned procurement agencies National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) and The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) has not purchase a single kg. of pluses in vidarbha and traders are buying all pluses below the MSP where as so called incentive to the tune of RS.500/- per quintal has turned out to be another eyewash for dryland farmers who opted pluses cultivation under Govt. initiative to introduce the major schemes, viz. the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) and the Macro Management of Agriculture Scheme which is now have special components for pulses development as to encourage farmers towards growing pulses informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS ) In letter to Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh ,informed in press release today.
The farmers in west vidarbha opted to cultivate tur due to the rise is Rs. 700 per quintal, from Rs. 2300/q last year to Rs. 3000/q, which represents 30.43% rise over the previous year’s MSP. This rise is higher than the rise of Rs. 500 recommended by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). The rise in MSP for pulses this year is significant, both in terms of absolute increase and percentage rise. For tur, the rise is Rs. 700 per quintal, from Rs. 2300/q last year to Rs. 3000/q, which represents 30.43% rise over the previous year’s MSP. This rise is higher than the rise of Rs. 500 recommended by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) but all promises are turing out to be hoax as there is no procurement from Govt. agencies moreover the concern ministry failed to develop the mechanism so that suicide prone area’s dry land farmers financial interest is protested .“This was long pending demand of dry land farmers to west vidarbha who are cultivating mono-cash crop BT. cotton which very much rain sensitive and highly volatile to the international pricing due US subsidies and created lot of complex problem of water crisis in drought prone west vidarbha where 98% farmers are dry land farmers .we welcomed Centre decision to spend Rs. 837.03 crore on pulses development this year but the hostile functioning of babus involved in Arhar (Tur), Moong, Chana, Urad promotion programme under The National Food Security Mission (NFSM) and The Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) has failed to protect the debt trapped cotton farmers who replaced cash crop of ‘tur’ with Bt.cotton hence we have urged Indian Prime Minister to start pluses procurement centres of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) and The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) ,Tiwari informed