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Economics of Gram Processing in Rajasthan State

Vishwakarma Industrial Area, Jaipur-302 013 (Rajasthan), India
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(Received : June 22, 2017; Accepted : August 25, 2017)


The present study was undertaken to explore the economics of gram processing in Jaipur district of Rajasthan. The processing cost and returns analysis revealed that gram was processed into different products such as parched gram, parched gram dal, gram flour (besan), milled gram for human beings and livestock, etc. The processor had purchased gram at the rate of Rs. 3100.00 /q and sold gram dal at a price of Rs. 4000.00/q. Broken gram dal which is generally used for besan making was sold @ Rs. 3200.00/q and churi which is used as livestock feed was sold @ Rs. 1600.00/q cost and returns of processors of gram in Jaipur district. The total cost incurred by the processor was Rs. 3205.76 and returns after processing of gram were Rs. 3568.00. Net returns per quintal of gram processed were Rs. 362.24. Thus, processors, on an average, earned a profit of 11.68% on the purchase price of gram. The mark-up (per cent increase) in gram price after processing was 29.03%. The policy implication based on the findings of the present study pulse processing is beneficial to both the producers, the public and govt. in general. For farmers, processing facilities create strong markets. Farmers/processors have a natural incentive to aggressively pursue commodity supplies to keep their plants fully utilized. This will result in famers receiving higher prices than they would get otherwise. The processing facilities create jobs, generate tax revenues and increase economic activity
to benefit many local businesses.

Key words : Economics, gram, processing, policy, Jaipur