Price of parboiled rice skyrockets in Kerala as shortage hits supply through ration shops

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Kozhikode: Kerala has been witnessing huge demand for parboiled rice in the open market as the supply through ration shops got interrupted due to the unavailability of stock. Following this, the price of parboiled rice had a steep increase in the state.

As per the reports, the Kuruva variety of rice is priced at Rs 45 to 48 in the market. At the same time, Ponni and Vellakuruva are being sold in the market for Rs 40 to 45 while Bodhana is priced at Rs 35-38.

Even in state-run Supplyco outlets, the demand for parboiled rice is high.

As of now, ration shop-based distribution of parboiled rice is only limited to BPL card holders. The quantity per cardholder is 5 kg.

According to ration dealers, there is not much demand for row rice. Many white and blue cardholders are not interested to purchase their ration as parboiled rice is unavailable. The parboiled rice will not be available in the next month too, reports said.

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