All eyes on govt agencies amid bumper mustard crop

A bumper mustard crop is posing a big problem for farmers, who are grappling with slipping price tag realisations.

All eyes are on the Central companies to occur to the rescue to growers as costs have currently dipped beneath the minimal aid price tag (MSP) levels of ₹4,425 per quintal. Spot costs polled by the NCDEX from Alwar current market in Rajasthan on Thursday quoted at ₹4,012 per quintal, which is about ₹400 reduced from the MSP.

Plea to govt

“With a reasonably big crop coupled with weak sentiments, we come to feel costs would occur below stress and mustard may market beneath MSP. It is critical that govt companies these kinds of as Nafed start procurement or compensate the farmers by means of Bhavantar,” Atul Chaturvedi, President, Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA), explained in a assertion.

The mustard acreage was claimed to be 69.fifty one lakh hectares, a tad reduced than past year’s 69.seventy one lakh hectares. But a superior monsoon in the escalating areas of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh lifted the prospective buyers of improved yield at one,one hundred ten kg per hectare as against one,075 kg per hectare.

However, untimely rains in some components have cast a shadow on the believed higher crop.

Curbs on exports

“This year’s mustard crop seems to be in superior form and we may witness just one of the best crops in latest memory. However, rains in some escalating locations may have damaged the crop and the final quantity may not be what we have been anticipating,” Chaturvedi included.

The trade body has also urged the Union Commerce Ministry to contemplate lifting the controls on bulk export of mustard oils, which is presently capped at five-kg pack dimension and a minimal export price tag (MEP) for export of rapeseed/mustard oil.

“The export of mustard oil in bulk, may not be in big quantity but it will surely affect current market sentiments and aid the price tag amount,” Chaturvedi explained.

Model farms

The SEA has also collaborated with global body Solidaridad to develop product mustard farms and really encourage and showcase improved farm techniques and seed high-quality.

“We have been pushing the govt to launch a Mustard Mission as we come to feel this oilseed has enormous opportunity and is preferably suited for India. The final results of product mustard farms have been quite encouraging and we come to feel it is time the govt requires this in mission method on pan-India foundation,” Chaturvedi explained, including that mustard could be just one of the answers to rein in the burgeoning oil import bill.