Bumper paddy proves to be boon & bane for ryots
By SRIBALA VADLAPATLA
It has been a bumper paddy crop for kharif in Telangana, but as far as procurement goes, it has been a different tale for farmers from different districts.
While some districts have been able to get more than the minimum support price (MSP) thanks to demand from traders in neighbouring states, farmers elsewhere have had to go for distress sale.
For instance, Nizamabad farmers are sitting pretty as apart form government procurement centres it has had an influx of traders from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, offering prices higher than the MSP. Traders are offering around Rs 2,400 per quintal, compared to the MSP of Rs 2,000 per quintal (normal variety).
As paddy harvesting occurs in these states from November last week to December last week, traders have to wait for a long time to sell the paddy after milling it. This has prompted many of these traders from other states to seek Telangana paddy.
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For one year, the government has relaxed the monitoring of paddy procurement and sales in the state, allowing traders to buy paddy directly from farmers. Farmers do not need to go to government procurement centres and they can sell it anywhere.
“They are offering us not only good money but also prompt payment. We are getting the money in our accounts within 10 days,” said JV Sridhar Reddy, a farmer from Bodhan.
Aside from the attractive price, the farmers are also a happy lot as these traders are not particular about the moisture content unlike the Food Corporation of India (FCI) which has strict parameters for procurement.
“We are getting more returns from our stock as we are not losing out due to the moisture content rule,” said K Praveen Goud, a Nizamabad farmer. But in many districts, the scene is not so bright.
Government has a target of procuring more than 1 crore tonnes of paddy, but only 6.5 lakh tonnes have been procured. Farmers in some of the districts said that they have had to return with their stocks as millers already have enough from the previous season. With mills not having enough storage capacity, these farmers have had to go for distress selling.
“We cannot wait until the sale happens. Some trades are offering us less than the MSP and we are selling at a rate of Rs 1700-Rs 1800 per quintal,” said a farmer from Nalgonda.
This article has been republished from The Times of India.