How wrong is the AgriVoch perception of castor production?

Gandhinagar, 07 March 2020

The crop area of ​​castor in Gujarat was 5,33,800 ha. It has increased to 7,40,600 ha. A production of 2355 kg per hectare was considered, but production of more than 1800 kg was not available in castor. Sources in the agriculture department say that private agencies had estimated 17.44 lakh tonnes of castor production in the state, but those estimates raise doubts. The speculative market plays an important role. It is estimated that 8 to 9 lakh tonnes of castor is ripe in 2018-19. Farmers are not ready to believe that production can suddenly increase twice as much. Need to have control over the survey of private sector. 

The assumptions made were considered satellite imagery and site visitation. But the one-time survey does not give an accurate estimate. In fact, the rate at which satellite and site reports are received on a daily basis from sowing to extraction can only be accurately estimated by how much production will actually take place. No more than 12 million tons can be produced.

Disaster in the Sui village

A farming official says that 5000 hectares of castor crops were destroyed by November in every village and surrounding area of ​​Suigam taluka. There was widespread damage from the oyster. Also, on the evening of November 13, 2019, castor was forced to land due to heavy rains. This situation arose where 8 thousand hectares of good acreage was planted. There were thunderstorms, rain, huge hay and hay. A large crop was destroyed. Now all these things are not going to be revealed in satellite or one-time visits.

A sucker of interest

A green eyelid was found widespread throughout North Gujarat, sucking the juice from the leaf of castor. She was found to be facing the death penalty for him. The same was observed in December 2019 in -. There was a great deal of damage to castor due to the widespread use of insects and pests.

Pink eagle

In the other villages besides Eder, Vadali, Khedbrahma taluka of Sabarkantha district, pink eels were cleared for the first time in large quantities. Pink eels are commonly found in Bt cotton but are now widely used in castor. castor crop has been sown in more than 31 thousand hectares of land in 8 talukas of Sabarkantha district. Most of the crops were pink yew.

The water turned again

There were different disasters in many areas of the state. The canal water was receding on the land of Kherada, Bamanagam and surrounding villages of Mahisagar district. So the castor crop was damaged.

Impact on production from labor shortages

The labor shortage is constantly changing. So the castor has to lose a good product without being weeded. Satellite surveys determine the area on which the plants look good, but production can be true only if the goods are out of the farmer’s field. If it is not weeded, the mass production is reduced by as much as 30%. Non-laborious weed can also damage crops if used as a destructive drug.

Speculative market

Gujarat produces the largest castor in the country. Massive production of castor is produced in Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Kutch and Rajkot in the state. In 2018-19, production was down 36%. That is why betting is played big in North Gujarat. Futures happen in which the farmers grind. Castor is the largest speculative market in North Gujarat. castor prices went down as news of good product was announced. 20 to 50 percent compared to last year.

Remote sensing is not a good estimate

According to government data, castor cultivation was recorded in the state in 7.41 lakh hectare in Kharif 2019. According to the remote sensing technique, castor cultivation in the state is estimated at 7.54 lakh hectares. According to AgriWatch, the current season showed productivity of 2,355 kg per hectare. Which is not possible. Last year was 1700 kg, how can there be a sudden increase. In a survey, 2,292 farmers from 12 districts of Gujarat were talked about once and announced the big production. True estimates could only come last week.

A survey of Agriwatch

On the behalf of the Solvent Extractors Association of India, the premier of the Solvent Extractors Industry (SEA) in the country, AgriVoch conducted a survey of castor production in the country, representing a total more production of 9.54 lakh tonnes against last year’s 10.82 lakh tonnes.

If the farmers have the biggest problem with castor brewing, then the futures market is in a slump. Farmers have to suffer crores of rupees. Farmers did not benefit from futures or speculation.

Need to have control over the survey

50% castor in Gujarat is ripe in 6 districts of North Gujarat. The largest is castor in Kutch. 377800 hectares in north Gujarat and 133600 hectare castor farmers in Kutch. Where the greatest natural disaster occurred. Therefore, the idea of ​​production was expressed by the private agency. Agriculture department officials and farmers believe that this has changed for the better. Farmer leader Sagar Rabari says that speculative markets and traders are taking good price trading companies from abroad by giving such assumptions to their advantage. It is now imperative for the government and the APMC to impose control of this. The closure of speculators in castor is in the interest of the farmers. (To find out the true meaning of the translation, read this Gujarati language report of this website)