Farmers of Telangana are showing interest to sell their paddy to rice-millers of Andhra Pradesh, rather than local millers as these farmers are being offered with lucrative prices for their produce. In the last few days, north Telangana districts, particularly in Nizamabad district, were found lined up in to purchase paddy from farmers and lorries from Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts were seen. The Andhra millers had already purchased around 1 lakh metric tonnes from farmers out of the total of 5-lakh metric tonne yield in kharif season from Nizamabad district,

The AP millers are offering more than MSP between Rs 1,600 to Rs 1,650 per quintal whereas government has already declared an Minimum selling price of Rs1,360 and Rs1,400 per quintal paddy of common variety and Grade ‘A’ respectively. They are buying stocks directly from the farmers’ doorsteps and make the payment instantly, without lifting any issues of moisture content.

Minister for agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy ordered the civil supplies officials not to seize lorries transporting paddy from TS to Andhra Pradesh. Supposedly, the AP Rice millers have an opportunity to export the rice to foreign countries through ports, they offer lucrative prices to the paddy. Also earning more profits than their Telangana counterparts in byproducts of paddy.

The millers from AP are buying the common grade paddy, specially, the 1010 variety, which is coarse, and it neither eaten by people of TS or AP. Boiled rice is exported to Kerala and Gulf countries from Nizamabad. Most of the common variety of rice is exported to foreign countries.

Rice millers have permission to export 5 lakh metric tonnes rice to foreign countries by AP government, laying reason that millers have filled TS to procure paddy, as it has been harvested early, compared to AP.  Paddy arrivals begin in December in AP.

“The state government’s attitude in paddy procurement would lead to adverse results. Transportation of paddy from TS to AP would affect PDS.” said District secretary V. Mohan Reddy, Rice millers association Nizamabad.