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Tur prices are expected to be around Rs. 3800-4600 per quintal at harvest in Sedam Market

Red gram is an important pulse crop in India, occupying about 25 per cent of total
cropped area in Gulbarga district of Karnataka state. It is also known as Pigeon pea,
Arhar and Tur. Red gram is mainly cultivated and consumed in developing countries of
the world. India is the largest producer and consumer of Red gram in the world.
Maharashtra is the largest producer of Red gram accounting for nearly 33.49 percent of
the total production followed by Uttar Pradesh (19.73 percent), Madhya Pradesh (12.18
percent), Andhra Pradesh (8.17 percent), Gujarat (8.13 percent) and Karnataka (6.34
percent). The market prices for red gram increased sharply from January 2007 to mid
2009 due to supply constraints. Prices declined during 2010-11 due to marginal increase
in the production. The similar trend was noticed during 2011-12.
Farmers in Gulbarga region are waiting for the onset of monsoon to take up
sowing operation. But, because of uncertainty of prices of Tur at the time of harvest,
farmers are in a state of confusion regarding sowing of this crop. Hence, in order to
assist and help the farmers through predicting the prices of Tur at the time of harvesting
of the crop, the Domestic and Export Market Intelligence cell, Department of
Agribusiness Management, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad has taken up a
study.
On the basis of the forecast prices of Tur by using 20 years monthly price data
and further by keeping in view of valuable suggestions of traders, agricultural scientists
and progressive farmers and the price predicted by the NCDEX for the coming months,
the prices of Tur is expected to hover per quintal around Rs. 4400-4600 in the month of
December (2013), Rs. 4000-4200 in the month of January and Rs.3800-4100 in the
month of February, 2014 in Sedam regulated market. So, farmers are advised to keep
these points in their mind while producing the crop and preparing it for the market

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