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Govt fixes minimum support price of toria crops for 2016-17 rabi season

08 Dec 2016

Indian government has fixed a minimum support price of $52.60 (Rs 3560) per quintal for torai crops for 2016-17 season to be marketed in 2017-18.

NEW DELHI: Indian government has fixed a minimum support price of $52.60 (Rs 3560) per quintal for torai crops for 2016-17 season to be marketed in 2017-18.

The Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Toria of Fair Average Quality (FAQ) for 2016-17 season to be marketed in 2017-18 has been fixed at $52.60 per quintal, Indian agriculture ministry said in a statement recently.

As per the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) regarding the Price Policy for Rabi Crops of 2016-17 season to be marketed in 2017-18, the MSP of Toria has been fixed on the basis of the normal market price differentials between Toria and Rapeseed/Mustard, the decision was taken by Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry on December 5, 2016, the statement adds.

FCI would continue to be the designated Central Nodal Agency for procurement of pulses and oilseeds.

To supplement the efforts of Food Corporation of India (FCI), the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED), National Cooperative Consumer Federation (NCCF), Central Warehousing Cooperation (CWC) and Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) may also undertake procurement of oilseeds and pulses as per their capacity.

The losses, if any, incurred by the Nodal agencies in such operations may be fully reimbursed by the Government.

About Toria crops

Toria crops are very successful as an additional oilseed crop though is not cultivated as a main crop due to its low-yield potential. Being of short duration it can fit well as a relay crop between the kharif and rabi crops.

The crop should be sown in early September. The recommended seed rate is 1.5 kg per acre. It is suggested that the seed should be obtained from a reliable source.

As the crop is of short duration, it should be grown on heavy but properly drained soils. In soils with poor drainage, the crop is attacked by a fungus leading to damping off which results in patchy growth and low yields.

Toria crops are harvested round mid-December and are grown as a mixed crop.


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