As per from the reliable sources , it has been indicated that in this year, prices of rice and rice products will escalate manifold, fear agrarian experts and traders, who are blaming it on early onset of summer, less sowing and scanty rainfall. At a time when the maximum day temperature continues to hover around 38 degrees Celsius, records from the state agriculture department show that paddy sowing has been lesser than 2014-2015. According to the data it shows that Telangana farmers have restricted themselves in sowing paddy on a measly 2.2 lakh hectares against the average of 6.4 lakh hectares in previous two years. A shortfall of rice is on the cards, as a result of decrease in sowing, especially in the city.
Further, at present, a kg of Sona Masoori rice, is priced anywhere between Rs 45-60 in the open markets. However, the Traders are of the opinion that the price could soar to Rs 80 or higher. To cultivate paddy, water must be made available in sufficient amounts. But, in the last one year, the state has been facing a drought-like situation. Now, even the borewells have dried up, that is why many of us have stopped sowing paddy, as told by Mr D Shyam, a farmer who has 30 acres of barren land in Bibinagar. However, the worst affected would be the urban consumers, according to Mr J Jayaram, general manager, marketing, state civil supplies department, as the monthly consumption of rice in the entire city is around 1.8 lakh tonnes. But, due to the shortfall in paddy cultivation, farmers fear that the maximum yield that they can now achieve would barely be one-third of the monthly requirement.