Blessing after disguise for Maharashtra farmers
The Maharastra government, in the backdrop of a seed germination failure that happened two years ago, is now incentivising farmers to grow a second crop during the rabi season. This move has helped farmers across the state in increasing their incomes. DattatreyaDoke, a farmer from the Dokewadi village in Bhumtaluka of Osmanabad chose to grow soybean as a second crop in the rabi season (sown in December and harvested after April). Doke credited and thanked the state agriculture department’s services and guidance which motivated him and other farmers in the village to grow soybean as a second crop. Doke, today has 42 quintals of the soybean crop to sell at a time when the wholesale crop market prices in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are proving high returns for the harvest. Doke can easily get Rs 7,200 to 7,500 per quintal when the minimum support price for the soybean crop is just Rs 3,950 per quintal.