Urad acreage down 12.5% on yr at 3.8 mln ha

Farmers in the country have sown urad across 3.80 mln ha this kharif season, down 12.5% on year. In Madhya Pradesh, the largest grower of urad, acreage was down 16.7% on year at 1.49 mln ha as farmers shifted to paddy and soybean in search for lucrative returns. For 2018-19 (Jul-Jun), the government has increased the minimum support price for paddy by up to 13% and for urad by 3.7%. Last year, many farmers opted for urad instead of soybean due to scattered rains and low realisations from the latter, which resulted in a jump in urad acreage. The country produced 2.84 mln tn of urad during the last kharif season.