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Karnataka asks Centre to buy Bengal gram at MSP under PSS

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Concerned over crash in prices of Bengal gram, the Congress-ruled today demanded the central to initiate of the rabi pulse crop at a minimum support price (MSP).

Union Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak and gave a represenation in this regard here.

"Bengal gram is one of the pulse crops in the state. Prices are ruling below the MSP at present. Therefore, we have urged the central to start the operation under the Price Support Scheme (PSS)," Gowda said after the meeting.

The of Bengal gram at MSP rate under the PSS should be done on a priority basis and cooperative Nafed may be directed to take necessary action, he added.

In the representation, the state has informed that Bengal gram prices are ruling in the range of Rs 3,303 to 3,649 per quintal in some parts, much lower than the MSP Rs 4,400 per quintal declared for the current crop year.

"There are also possibilities of drastic fall in the price of Bengal gram in the coming days with the arrivals of peak season. Therefore, it is kindly requested to accord permission to take up operation under the PSS," it said.

Bengal gram is one of the pulse crops in and is being cultivated in 13.63 lakh hectares with an estimated production of 8.10 lakh tonnes during the rabi season of the 2017-18 crop year (July-June).

Dharwad, Gadag, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Kalburgi, Yadgir, Bidar, Raichur and Bagalkot are the Bengal gram growing districts in the state.

Bengal gram is harvested from December to March and the peak season of market arrivals is between January to March.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:06 IST