The announcement of Gujarat Government for procurement at the MSP of Rs.3950 per quintal has come in the wake of soybean acreage of record two lakh hectares in Gujarat. This will be for the first time that Gujarat Government will procure soybean at MSP from farmers.
There is 74% jump in acreage of soyabean compared to last three year average. state government estimates soybean production in Gujarat to remain around 14 lakh tonnes.
Central Gujarat districts such as Dahod and Arvalli used to be major soybean districts of the state, but recently farmers of Junagadh and Gir Somnath, have led the sowing table with 50,700 hectare under soybean cultivation, followed by Arvalli (30,600 ha) and Gir Somnath (25,900). Gujarat is fifth in terms of soybean acreage after Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka.
The Gujarat State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (GSCSCL), an undertaking of the state government, on Saturday issued an advertisement announcing that the state government will procure green gram, black gram and soybean in Kharif marketing season 2021-’22 at MSP Rs 7,275, Rs 6,300 and Rs 3,950 respectively, fixed by the central government for this season.
Under its price support scheme (PSS), the Central government makes physical procurement of important crops directly from farmers to protect them from price volatility in the open market. The Central government generally procures 25 per cent of total production of a given crop in each season.
Such procurements are done through National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (Nafed), the apex cooperative marketing body of the country, as well as through Food Corporation of India Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India Limited.
With the help of village computer entrepreneurs at the nearest Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) the farmers can register on i-kisan portal. The registration window will be open from October 11 and till the end of this month.