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Guar Acreage Rises 40% in Rajasthan, But Farmers Concerned Over Weaker Rains

29 Jul 2020 2:46 pm
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Mumbai (Commodities Control) - Guar acreage in Rajasthan has upped 40% as compared with last year. Although scanty rainfall in the producing regions may likely affect the output.

This is the reason, guarseed and gum prices have upped 23-25% from lowest levels seen during March-end.

According to Rajasthan Agriculture Department, area under guar has touched 15.44 Lk Ha as on July 28th. This figure was around 11.05 Lk Ha last year for the corresponding period. Meanwhile over 51% of the targeted area has been achieved so far.

The State Government has a target of guar cultivation in 30 Lk Ha. It is to be noted that Rajasthan is the largest guar producer in India, with a share of 85%. This is the reason why it is important to track Rajasthan’s crop progress closely.

Interestingly, guar-seed prices scaled over 5 months’ high despite rising cases of coronavirus and dull guar gum exports. While guar exports tanked 30% during FY 2019-20, guar prices upped 25-30% in the last 4 months.

The rise in guar prices is solely attributed to weaker than average rainfall in the guar producing regions. According to Bikaner-based trader Pukhraj Chopra, the monsoon season started with big-bang due to which sowing received a big push. However, as the planting progresses farmers are awaiting showers, the rest half of acreage still remains to be completed as well.

Meanwhile ‘Food Grade’ exports have commenced. Haryana exporters reveal that demand has improved due to weakness in Rupee vs USD. Although the pace is too slow. As per Ravindra Kedia, Director, Jay Bharat Gum, “Demand is yet to pick pace due to weak consumption in the oil sector. Situation is expected to improve from September.

According to IMD, Eastern Rajasthan has received 34% weaker rains between 1 June and 28 July. So far, 18 out of 22 districts are rain-parched. Meanwhile western rajasthan has received 11% less than average rains. Badmer, Bikaner and Jalour along with 6 other districts are suffering from lesser rains.

Although there’s nearly 2 weeks remaining in completion of guar cultivation. Among the areas that have received better rains are Nagour, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Churu. It is widely believed that the targeted acreage for guar can be achieved in the coming days.

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