HYDERABAD: A sharp drop in turmeric prices from around Rs 16,000 per quintal to Rs 5,500 per quintal in Telangana – the country’s top turmeric grower – is worrying farmers, who say they are unable to reach the threshold profitability due to lower costs.

Turmeric is widely grown on about 1 lakh acres in the undivided districts of Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal, with the produce being sold in farmers’ markets in Nizamabad, Metpally and Kesamudram in January.

Generally, traders offer high prices at the start of the season, but on Tuesday, turmeric was procured at Rs 5,685 per quintal.

Farmers say their yield also dropped due to unfavorable weather conditions, which gave them a double whammy.

A trade source said they were unable to offer higher prices due to fluctuating prices in the international market.

The problem has been further compounded by the Centre’s lack of a minimum support price (MSP) for turmeric. The state government has also failed to include turmeric in its Market Intervention Program (MIS).

Farmers are planning unrest in North Telangana, after a meeting was held in Armoor of Nizamabad where farmers demanded elected representatives to take steps to pay them.

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