Potato manufacturing in West Bengal is estimated to be larger by virtually 16 per cent at 110 lakh tonnes (lt) this yr, as opposed to 95 lt in 2020. The larger manufacturing of the tuber in Bengal and other vital escalating States such as Uttar Pradesh and Punjab is possible to exert stress on selling prices.
Wholesale selling price of the tuber (the typical Jyoti variety) has previously halved to ₹800 a quintal across numerous markets in the State as opposed to ₹1,five hundred-1,600 in the identical period of time very last yr.
Potato cold storages might run out of area before long
According to Patit Paban De, previous president of West Bengal Cold Storage Association, the increase in manufacturing is principally since of larger area and the favourable climatic situations throughout sowing and harvesting period of time.
“Last yr, farmers got incredibly excellent selling price for their crop due to the reduce manufacturing and the continuous demand from customers practically through the yr. This has inspired them to go for larger cultivation of the crop this yr. In addition, the favourable climatic situation in the type of a very long winter has assisted enhance the productivity and generate,” De instructed BusinessLine.
Potato manufacturing in the State was impacted in 2020 due to delayed sowing and unfavourable temperature situations throughout harvesting. The continuous demand from customers for the tuber from inside the State as perfectly as the neighbouring markets held selling prices agency.
The wholesale selling price of the tuber had improved to virtually ₹3,400-3,five hundred a quintal in mid-November very last yr. Nonetheless, selling prices began inching down and were observed ruling at all over ₹1,400-two,000 in early January.
Potato, onion manufacturing estimated at history
Cultivation of the spud in Bengal is spread over shut to 4.6 lakh hectares. Hooghly, Burdwan, Bankura, East Midnapore and West Midnapore are vital escalating districts. There has been all over five-7 per cent enhance in acreage this yr, sources mentioned.
According to De, loading in cold storages is practically full and most keep houses have been stored to upto ninety seven per cent capability. The loading in cold storages was reduce in 2020 at only fifty five lakh tonnes (about seventy nine per cent of the full capability).
There are all over 400 cold storages in Bengal and the full storage capability is estimated to be shut to 70 lt.
“While the selling prices are ruling continuous at present but we truly feel the moment the unloading starts then selling prices will begin inching down,” mentioned Mintu Ghosh, a potato trader, in the Bankura district of West Bengal.