Kurnool, February 15
The price of white jowar is competing with sona masoori rice sending shock waves among the poor and middle class people. The reason was attributed to the fact that farmers did not take up farming in around one lakh acres of land during rabi season.
Last year at the start of the season, rice was sold at Rs 3,000 per quintal and jowar rate was Rs 2,200 per quintal. But this year, the prices of both are equal with the rate of Masoori rice and white jowar at Rs 3,500.
Paddy is cultivated in Kogilathota, Holagunda, Vandavagili, Endihalli, Ingaladahal, Chinna Harivanam, Pedda Harivanam, Santekudluru, Hanawal, Koutalam, Halwi, Podilakunta, Badinehal, Kosigi, Kumbalanuru, Nadichagi, Mantralayam, Machapuram, Nagaladinne, Nadikairawadi, Yemmiganuru, Peddakadaburu, Pedda Tumbalam, Nandavaram, Mitta Somapuram and other villages in Adoni division under Tungabhadra lower canal.
Paddy yield during kharif reduced due to inadequate water supply and low rainfall. Also rice import from other places was also stopped, thus raising the prices to new high. Currently the price of rice is Rs 3,500 per quintal while that of old rice is Rs 4,500 per quintal at the market yard.
Farmers used to cultivate jowar in fertile black soil in Chippagiri, Halaharvi, Holagunda, Aspari, Maddikera and Devanakonda areas in Adoni division. But this year, many of the farmers cultivated cotton and white jowar crop was limited to 40,000 acres only.
But the crop yield was affected by untimely rains, incurring heavy losses to farmers. This shot up jowar prices to Rs 3,500 in the beginning of the season itself. Traders are selling the product from Rs 3,800 to Rs 4,000.
People living in Adoni division normally consume white jowar. Now with the prices touching the sky, the people are lamenting that they cannot afford to buy either rice or jowar.