PORUMAMILLA AREA

Porumamilla is a town of about 30,000 in the district of Cuddapah in the state of Andra Pradesh, India. The language spoken in Andra Pradesh is Telegu. The major industry in the town is agriculture followed by brick making. Porumamilla is famous for Sona Masoori rice, known locally as "Sana Biyam". Surrounding villages grow a variety of vegetables such as green chillis, tomatoes, leafy greens known as "gongura" and "thotakura". They also produce dairy products known as "ghee" and "junnu" to market in town.

 

The local soil of red clay is ideal for producing bricks. Millions of bricks are hand made in and around Porumamilla annually and buyers from nearby districts such as Ongole and Kurnool purchase these brick due to their excellent quality. Brick kilns, or "ituka battis" can be seen all around Porumamilla. The Telegu word for brick is "batti".

 

The Thammisetti family was the first to start producing bricks in the Porumamilla area. As a result the locals refer to them as the "batti family" or "brick" family.

 

Porumamilla is several hundred miles southeast of Hyderbad and northwest of Chennai.