Nizamabad: This year 10.60 lakh quintals turmeric crop reached the Nizamabad market yard, it is the highest in 85 years’s history of the market which is well known for turmeric crop all over India.
Nizamabad market yard launched in 1933 is the second largest market yard in Telangana, earlier this market yard was situated at Gandhi gunj near clock tower. After that the yard was shifted to spacious 67 acres and named as Sharddanand Gunj and various food grains such as paddy, maize, turmeric, pulses, soyabean, sunflower, aamchur, onions and other crops were sold from here. Major part of turmeric crop reached Nizamabad market yard from Nizamabad, Nirmal, Jagityal districts.
After formation of Nizamabad Market yard 9.6 lakh quintal of turmeric crop arrived in 2012-13 and it was a record, but this year till date 10.6 lakh quintal of turmeric has reached the market, yard officials are expecting another 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh quintals crop in two to three weeks.
In last two decades Nizamabad and surrounding district farmers have been selling part of turmeric produce at Sangli market yard in Maharashtra, because the price offered at Sangli market was somewhat higher compared to Nizamabad.
This year because of GST and other reasons the difference in price at Sangli and Nizamabad was minimal. Because of which the market yard was receiving high quantity of turmeric.
S Swaroopa Rani, Secretary, Nizamabad Market Committee, said arrangements had been made to prevent hassle free transaction and the amount would be paid to farmers within 48 hours at Direct Purchasing Centres. The price offered at the market yard is Rs 5,500 to Rs 6,500.
Rajampeta Gangaram, Turmeric Farmer, Kottapalli, Balonda mandal, said every year the price at Sangli market was Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 higher, but his year the price at Sangali was Rs 6,500 to Rs 7,000 per quintal, due to this farmers were selling the crop at Nizamabad yard, which was not profitable to farmers. On an average if Rs 8,000 per quintal was offered to farmers, then only they would get some profit, Gangaram added.