Potato production in West Bengal is believed to be better by almost sixteen for every cent at one hundred ten lakh tonnes (lt) this yr, when compared to ninety five lt in 2020. The better production of the tuber in Bengal and other essential expanding States such as Uttar Pradesh and Punjab is likely to exert pressure on selling prices.
Wholesale value of the tuber (the typical Jyoti wide range) has already halved to ₹800 a quintal throughout numerous markets in the Point out when compared to ₹1,five hundred-1,600 in the very same period past yr.
Potato chilly storages may possibly run out of room quickly
According to Patit Paban De, previous president of West Bengal Chilly Storage Association, the rise in production is mostly due to the fact of better location and the favourable climatic problems throughout sowing and harvesting period.
“Last yr, farmers acquired pretty great value for their crop owing to the lessen production and the continuous desire just about throughout the yr. This has encouraged them to go for better cultivation of the crop this yr. Moreover, the favourable climatic issue in the kind of a lengthy winter has served increase the efficiency and generate,” De informed BusinessLine.
Potato production in the Point out was impacted in 2020 owing to delayed sowing and unfavourable weather problems throughout harvesting. The continuous desire for the tuber from inside the Point out as properly as the neighbouring markets retained selling prices organization.
The wholesale value of the tuber experienced elevated to almost ₹3,400-3,five hundred a quintal in mid-November past yr. Nevertheless, selling prices started out inching down and ended up observed ruling at around ₹1,400-2,000 in early January.
Potato, onion production believed at file
Cultivation of the spud in Bengal is spread more than near to four.six lakh hectares. Hooghly, Burdwan, Bankura, East Midnapore and West Midnapore are essential expanding districts. There has been around five-seven for every cent increase in acreage this yr, resources mentioned.
According to De, loading in chilly storages is just about complete and most retailer houses have been saved to upto ninety seven for every cent potential. The loading in chilly storages was lessen in 2020 at only 55 lakh tonnes (close to seventy nine for every cent of the total potential).
There are around 400 chilly storages in Bengal and the total storage potential is believed to be near to 70 lt.
“While the selling prices are ruling continuous at current but we feel as soon as the unloading begins then selling prices will start out inching down,” mentioned Mintu Ghosh, a potato trader, in the Bankura district of West Bengal.