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Sunflower to receive better post harvest price in Bagalkot market : Opion the UAS Scientists

Kharif grown Sunflower is steadily entering into markets of north Karnataka. Uncertain prices at harvest have made the farmers to think about the time and place of selling the produce. Under such a fix, to help the farmers to take right decision regarding place and time of sale of the commodity, the prices of Sunflower that would prevail in major market of north Karnataka have been forecasted by the Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell (DEMIC) established in the Department of Agribusiness Management, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad. Monthly modal prices of Sunflower were collected from one of the leading Sunflower markets, Bagalkot, for the past 20 years and were analyzed by using rigorous time series analytical models and reliable forecast prices that would prevail in these markets during the months of September, October and November, 2012 were established. The output prices were cross verified with the opinions of traders, agricultural scientists and progressive farmers to fine tune the forecast prices. The prices from other major markets and the government policies with regard to the marketing of the crop were also considered to come up with accurate price forecast. The price of Sunflower in the month of august is Rs.3700. According to price forecasts and opinions of traders and suggestions of the experienced persons, the prices of Sunflower would be around Rs. 3300 to 3500/- in the month of September, Rs.3400-3700 in the month of October and Rs.3500 to 3800 in the month of November per quintal in Bagalkot market. Bold seeded, cleaned, well dried grains are going to fetch higher prices. So farmers are advised to keep all these suggestions in mind while and preparing the produce for the market.

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