Bengal’s potato output seen up by 16% on higher area, favourable weather

Joseph B. Hash

Potato generation in West Bengal is approximated to be larger by approximately sixteen for every cent at one hundred ten lakh tonnes (lt) this year, in contrast to ninety five lt in 2020. The larger generation of the tuber in Bengal and other key rising States which include Uttar Pradesh […]

Potato generation in West Bengal is approximated to be larger by approximately sixteen for every cent at one hundred ten lakh tonnes (lt) this year, in contrast to ninety five lt in 2020. The larger generation of the tuber in Bengal and other key rising States which include Uttar Pradesh and Punjab is likely to exert stress on rates.

Wholesale selling price of the tuber (the prevalent Jyoti wide variety) has now halved to ₹800 a quintal throughout numerous marketplaces in the Condition in contrast to ₹1,five hundred-1,600 in the similar period of time final year.

Potato chilly storages may run out of area soon

According to Patit Paban De, previous president of West Bengal Cold Storage Association, the increase in generation is generally mainly because of larger place and the favourable climatic problems during sowing and harvesting period of time.

“Last year, farmers received incredibly good selling price for their crop owing to the decreased generation and the continual desire practically through the year. This has inspired them to go for larger cultivation of the crop this year. What’s more, the favourable climatic affliction in the form of a long winter season has aided improve the productivity and generate,” De explained to BusinessLine.

Potato generation in the Condition was impacted in 2020 owing to delayed sowing and unfavourable climate problems during harvesting. The continual desire for the tuber from in the Condition as effectively as the neighbouring marketplaces held rates agency.

The wholesale selling price of the tuber experienced amplified to approximately ₹3,four hundred-three,five hundred a quintal in mid-November final year. However, rates started inching down and ended up found ruling at all-around ₹1,four hundred-2,000 in early January.

Potato, onion generation approximated at record

Bumper Loading

Cultivation of the spud in Bengal is spread above near to 4.six lakh hectares. Hooghly, Burdwan, Bankura, East Midnapore and West Midnapore are key rising districts. There has been all-around 5-seven for every cent improve in acreage this year, sources claimed.

According to De, loading in chilly storages is practically full and most retail store residences have been stored to upto ninety seven for every cent potential. The loading in chilly storages was decreased in 2020 at only 55 lakh tonnes (roughly seventy nine for every cent of the whole potential).

There are all-around four hundred chilly storages in Bengal and the whole storage potential is approximated to be near to 70 lt.

“While the rates are ruling continual at existing but we feel after the unloading starts off then rates will start off inching down,” claimed Mintu Ghosh, a potato trader, in the Bankura district of West Bengal.

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