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Friday, 23 February 2024 1.51 AM IST

Discussions with Andhra and Telangana; Aim to secure affordable high-quality rice

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KOZHIKODE: Food Minister GR Anil engaged in discussions with Telangana and Andhra Food Ministers, Uttamkumar Reddy and Karumuri Venkata Nageswara Rao to facilitate the availability of affordable rice in Kerala. Samples of rice from both states were submitted for assessment in Kerala. Minister Anil urged officials to adjust prices to meet Kerala's requirements.

Subsidized rice distribution at Supplyco centers in Kerala has been halted for five months coinciding with a Rs. 10 per kg increase in rice prices in the general market. The wholesale price of Ponni rice surged from Rs. 42 to Rs. 53-64 per kg with an additional Rs. 6 increase at the retail level. Similarly, the price of white short rice rose by Rs. 8. Premium Kuruva rice now ranges between Rs. 43 to 50 per kg. Andhra rice (Jaya) is priced at Rs. 47 per kg in the wholesale market.

Paddy rice availability has also declined, exacerbating the situation. Kaima and kola rice, commonly used for biryani have seen around a ten rupee increase in price. Wholesalers attribute the price hikes to increased rice exports.

Supplyco faces a significant financial burden with outstanding dues of Rs. 2011.52 crore to suppliers. The organization's dire financial state is evident with arrears amounting to Rs. 792.20 crores leading to stock shortages at Supplyco stores.

Minister Anil assured the public of prompt action to make rice available at lower prices. He emphasized the importance of quality and quantity checks before importing rice.

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