Pune: Toor Dal Prices Surge to Rs 12,000 per Quintal in Maharashtra Markets

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Pune, 9th April 2024: The price of toor dal (pigeon pea) has surged to Rs 12,000 per quintal in the state’s market committees. Compared to February-March when it stood at Rs 10,000, the price of toor dal escalated by Rs 2,000 in April. This trend indicates a potential further increase in tur dal prices in June-July.

As reported by the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB), farmers are receiving an average price of Rs 11,400 to Rs 12,000 for red toor dal in various market committees. Prices range from Rs 9,500 to Rs 12,000 in Jalgaon, Rs 9,500 to Rs 12,000 in Nagpur, Rs 10,300 to Rs 12,500 in Washim, and Rs 8,000 to Rs 8,050 in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (white). The arrival of toor dal has declined in market committees across Vidarbha and Marathwada, with farmers holding out for higher market prices.

Despite the central government’s announcement of a rate of Rs 7,000 per quintal, the actual purchase price for toor dal continues to hover around Rs 9,000 to Rs 10,000 due to factors such as insufficient rains, unseasonal weather during harvesting, and forecasts of reduced production and lower quality.

Due to reduced rainfall this year, the yield in tur dal production has decreased. On average, 65 to 80 kg of toor dal is obtained from 100 kg of tur, depending on its quality. The cost of producing one kilogram of toor dal ranges from ten to fifteen rupees. Consequently, the price of toor dal is anticipated to rise in June-July, and its prices are expected to remain elevated due to limited imports from Myanmar.

Over a month, the price of toor dal has surged by ten rupees per kilogram, reaching Rs 180 to Rs 190 per kilogram. Similarly, the price of moong dal has also increased by ten rupees, now ranging between Rs 130 to Rs 150 per kilogram. Additionally, the price of Urad dal has seen a comparable increase of around ten rupees, now priced at Rs 140 to Rs 150 per kilogram. Chana Dal has experienced a milder increase of about four rupees, with its current price standing at Rs 80 to Rs 90 per kilogram, according to Nitin Nahar, a pulses trader.