Come Thursday, 159 centers in the state will start procurement of tur under the price support scheme with the state government aiming to purchase more than 7 lakh quintals of the pulse. However, no decision has been taken regarding procurement of chana, harvesting of which is set to start within a week.
Officials of the Maharashtra Cooperative Marketing Federation said the centers will start operation from Thursday and the process of procurement will start in the next five days. Run under the price support scheme (PSS), these centers will purchase tur at the designated minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 5,450 per quintal. Last year, the state had seen a record purchase of over 77 lakh quintals of tur which so far is the highest such purchase under PSS. However, the purchase was marred by controversy with farmers alleging massive corruption.