Press release 30/10/2013
In India, ragi (finger millet) is mostly grown and consumed in Karnataka, and to a limited extent in Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Goa.
Ragi production in India in kharif 2012-13 was 1.59 million tonnes and the same was 1.93 million tonne in the previous year.
In Karnataka the area under the crop was 7.78 lakh hectares leading to a production of 1.27 million tonnes in 2011-12 accounting for 81 per cent of production in the country. The other major producers of ragi are Tamil Nadu (224.9 thousand tonnes), Uttarakhand (174 thousand tonnes), and Maharashtra (138 thousand tonnes).
Ragi produced in the state is mostly consumed and part of it is marketed in neighboring Maharashtra. The main marketing season is from mid January to April. Normally farmers sell in APMCs, Shandis or at farm gate. It is predominantly grown as a rain fed crop in kharif; to a small extent as a summer crop with irrigation. In the recent past, the consumer awareness and preferences have brought about wider demand for the produce. It is a major ingredient in health drinks and infant supplements preparation.
To help the farmers in taking right decision on whether to sell or store ragi after harvesting, the NAIP – Market Intelligence Center of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore collected data on ragi prices from Hassan market for the last twelve years & econometric analysis was carried out to predict the prices of ragi for the next three months. The results of the analysis revealed that the prices are expected to hover around Rs. 1700 to Rs. 1850 per quintal for next three months (November-January) in major market like Hassan.
Farmers are recommended to sell ragi immediately upon harvest in December 2013 to get better prices. Considering the importance of the crop the government has fixed Rs.1500 as support price for 2013-14.
Dr.C.P.Gracy, Jyoti Naik, Nagashree,N.
Department of Agricultural marketing co-operation and business Management
UAS, GKVK, Bangalore-65