Mumbai: The State government is contemplating to sell tur purchased under the minimum support price (MSP) to Indians residing abroad. The government is in the process to deliver it to Indians at their doorstep in various countries.
This year, the production of tur is very high as the farmers sowed more crop of tur after an appeal from the prime minister. As there was a bumper crop, the price of tur suddenly went down and the farmers were caught in a dilemma. To help the farmers, the government decided to purchase all tur under MSP of Rs 5,500 from farmers.
Till date, the government has purchased 77 lakh tonnes of tur. Wednesday was the last day of purchase and the quantum of purchased tur by the government may be more than it.
Last year, the government had purchased 73 lakh tonnes of tur from farmers, out of which about 50 lakh tonnes of tur is still lying in warehouses.
Now, the price of tur has suddenly fallen up to Rs 2,000 and the government procurement was at the MSP of Rs 5,500. There is very little consumption of tur in other countries except for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“Tur produced in India has no worldwide market and if traders are getting tur at lesser price than the government’s MSP, there is a fear of smuggling of tur from Mozambique, Tanzania and Cambodia through Nepal,” said Pasha Patel, chairman of the State Commission for Agriculture and Prices. “There is a huge stock of tur in state-owned warehouses, and if the consumption less than the stock, then there is only option to sell it to Indians residing in various countries. Only Indian eat tur and it can be a good market for tur,” he said.
“There are about more than three crore Indians living in various countries. They can purchase it if it delivered to at their doorstep,” Patel said.