Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: The rice counters at the local rythu bazar is leaving the buyers high and dry. Hardly one or two varieties are on sale and they are poor in quality. The seller himself is leaving the choice to buyers, terming the product as “inferior grain.”

As traders are selling fine quality rice at Rs. 35 a kg, families from low-income groups have no other option but to depend on rythu bazar counters. But ‘Sambamasoori’ rice on sale at Rs. 18 a kg is partly discoloured. The same quality rice was sold for Rs. 20 a kg till recently.

Finer varieties are expected to be on sale soon. But the rythu bazar counters have no stock of BPT ‘sambamasoori’ and ‘cherukumasoori’. Even broken rice, which is much in demand, is not on sale.

“It is difficult to buy rice at Rs. 35 a kg in super markets,” says Pasha, a bus driver, who prefers to buy poor quality rice from the rythu bazar. “What we get from the fair price shop on white card is not enough for four members in my family,” he says.