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Rabi grown Bengalgram to fetch Rs.3800-4500 at harvast

Bengal gram is widely appreciated as health food. It is a protein-rich supplement to cereal-based diets; it has a very important role in human diet in our country. Bengal gram being the important crop of north Karnataka, it undergoes price fluctuations in extreme manner during the harvest period. In order to help the farmers in taking the appropriate decision while sowing the crop keeping its future marketing aspect in mind the Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell (DEMIC) which is established under NAIP project in department of Agribusiness Management, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad undertook a study to come up with reliable price forecasts that prevail at the time of harvest. According to the officials of DEMIC, Dharwad the per quintal price of the Bengal gram will hover around Rs 3800-4500 during the months of February- April 2013.
To arrive at these prices the modal price data from Bidar regulated market was collected and analyzed and the prices for Bengal gram in Bidar district of north Karnataka were forecasted. Finally to come up with the reliable forecasts, opinions of experienced traders, agricultural scientists and progressive farmers were collected and also checked prices in other major markets and government policies and the future prices being announced by the National Commodities and Derivates Exchange of India (NCDEX) were referred with regard to its marketing prices. Presently the price of Bengal gram in Bidar market is Rs 3200 per quintal. Sowing of Bengal gram in Rabi season is in progress in Bidar area, but uncertain prices at harvests for the different crops have made the farmers to think about choosing the crop for sowing among the various alternatives. Under such a fix, DEMIC assists the farmers to take right decision about the sowing of crop. The minimum support price announced by the central government for 2012 is Rs 2800 per quintal. Farmers are instructed to keep all these suggestions in mind while cultivating and preparing the product for the market. Bold seeded, cleaned, well dried grains are going to fetch higher prices. Therefore, farmers are advised to choose the crops with caution by comparing the forecast prices of alternative crops.





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