Hyderabad: Farmers in Andhra Pradesh, particularly paddy growers, are in severe distress, with no buyers for their produce and unseasoned rains playing havoc.
Untimely rains are causing havoc by damaging paddy stocks that are ready for sale. And, in many districts farmers are unable to harvest their crop as there are no buyers for it.
All these have resulted in an estimated loss of over Rs300 crore to the farmers so far.
Add the damage to mango orchards, banana and papaya, the monetary loss is expected to be over Rs400 crore, official sources say.
Untimely rains and hailstorms on 19, 20 and 21 May in districts like Krishna, West Godavari, Kadapa, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Warangal and Karimnagar followed by downpour on 31 May have destroyed paddy besides mangoes and vegetables.
“We are currently passing through a situation of plenty as far as paddy is concerned,” civil supplies commissioner Sanjay Jaju said.
What is hitting the farmers hard is the lack of storage space in warehouses to stock the paddy purchased from them.
As a result, neither the government agencies nor the rice-millers are procuring paddy, leaving the farmers distraught.