As the prices were below Minimum Support Price (MSP), National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) procured 46,348 MTs of different varieties of Bengal gram during Rabi marketing season 2014-15. It was procured as per the MSP of Rs 3100 per quintal for the harvesting period 1 February 2014 to 30 April 2014, informed Minister of State for Agriculture, Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
As notified by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the procured stock includes 1931 MTs from Prakasam district of the state.
It was brought to the notice of the Government through a letter that Bengal gram for Rabi Marketing season 2012-13 and 2013-14 was lying in cold storages in and around Prakasam district. Under Price Support Scheme (PSS), Central agencies can undertake purchase of fresh crop at MSP declared by Government of India during the harvesting period notified by State Government from genuine farmers who can provide land records.