Karnataka will soon begin public procurement of early Kharif season pulses such as moong (green gramm) and urad (black gramm) at the minimum support price (MSP). This week, the Centre approved the purchase of 30,000 tonnes of moong and 10,000 tonnes of urad of fair average quality at MSP.
According to sources, the procurement process will begin once the local district administration determines the location of the procurement centres. Moong and urad are primarily grown in the state’s northern districts.
Greengram harvest began earlier this month, and market arrivals have increased, with prices remaining below the MSP of ₹ 7,275 per quintal in all key markets. Growers have expressed a desire for the start of early MSP procurement as a result of this. Arrivals in Gadag district stood at 1,384 tonnes on Thursday, with the modal price (the rate at which most trades took place) at ₹ 5,995 per quintal.
Coverage of crops
This season, moong is primarily grown in the districts of Gadag, Dharwad, Haveri, Belgavi, Vijayapur, Bagalkot, Koppal, Kalaburgi, Yadagir, and Bidar. The harvest of urad, a 90-day crop, will begin in the coming weeks. The MSP has been set at ₹ 6,300 by the Centre. Urad is grown in Karnataka in Bidar, Belgavi, Dharwad, Kalaburgi, Yadagiri and Mysuru districts.
The Karnataka Agriculture Department anticipates moong production of 1.2 lakh tonnes and urad production of 0.43 lakh tonnes. Moong has been planted on 3.5 lakh hectares this Kharif season, while urad has been planted on 0.83 lakh hectares.
The Centre has designated the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) as the nodal procurement agency, with the Karnataka State Co-operative Marketing Federation serving as the state agency for the process.
According to an official notification, the maximum quantity to be obtained from each farmer for each of these crops has been set at six quintals. The maximum quantity of moong that can be purchased per acre is four quintals, while the maximum quantity of urad is three quintals.