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Even after the completion of the registration process, the purchase centers have not been opened yet. Farmers are worried that if there is no government procurement at MSP, then jowar will have to be sold in the market at a very low price. This will harm them a lot.
The problem of farmers in Maharashtra is not taking its name. Government centers were closed for gram procurement. After that the paddy procurement center was closed within 15 days. It was said from Nafed that the procurement target has been met. Whereas farmers (Farmers) says that this time there has been an increase in the production of both gram and paddy crops in the Rabi season, so the administration should increase the procurement limit. Now farmers are forced to sell their produce in the open market at low rates. At the same time, the minimum support price (MSP) to the farmers producing jowarMSPBut there is a problem in selling the produce. In fact, the farmers of Nagpur district say that jowar (Sorghum) He had registered for sale one and a half months ago, but jowar purchase centers have not started. Farmers say that by selling jowar, they arrange expenses for the cultivation of Kharif season crops. But this time Nafed has not started the procurement center yet. This has increased the concern of the farmers.
Jowar is cultivated in Aurangabad, Nashik, Jalgaon, Khandesh, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Dhule and Nandurbar districts of the state. The process of registration of farmers for purchase with guarantee from Nafed has been completed in these districts. The registration period was from April 15 to 30. Farmers say that despite registering, why there is so much delay in opening the procurement center. Due to this there is resentment among the farmers.
Buying is getting delayed this year
Farmers are saying that the procurement in the state starts in June every year. In the last season, the shopping started on June 1. There is so much delay this year that there is a fear among the farmers that their condition may become like that of paddy and gram producers. Because this year the paddy procurement center started late and was closed in just 15 days. The same concern is among the farmers regarding the sale of jowar. At the same time, according to the officials of the Marketing Federation, this year more than 15,000 farmers in the state have registered with Nafed for the sale of jowar.
Traders accused of slashing rates
Jowar was to be purchased from Nafed at a guaranteed price of Rs 2738. This is the reason why the price of jowar has increased in the market. Traders had initially bought jowar for Rs 2000, but now farmers allege that due to lack of guarantee from Nafed and non-opening of purchase centers, traders have reduced the rates. The price of jowar in the market has come down from Rs.2000 to Rs.1420 per quintal. At present in Aurangabad the jowar is Rs 1500 per quintal. Although some districts are getting the right price now, but the farmers are worried that if the procurement centers are not opened soon, the farmers will have to sell the jowar at a very low price. Farmers buy seeds and fertilizers for the Kharif season by selling jowar to Nafed, but the uncertainty about procurement has raised concerns among farmers.
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