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

Potato output in West Bengal is believed to be bigger by approximately sixteen for each cent at one hundred ten lakh tonnes (lt) this year, compared to ninety five lt in 2020. The bigger output of the tuber in Bengal and other vital rising States which includes Uttar Pradesh and Punjab is very likely to exert tension on selling prices.

Wholesale selling price of the tuber (the common Jyoti range) has already halved to ₹800 a quintal throughout different marketplaces in the Condition compared to ₹1,five hundred-one,600 in the identical interval previous year.

Potato chilly storages may operate out of house before long

In accordance to Patit Paban De, previous president of West Bengal Cold Storage Affiliation, the rise in output is primarily simply because of bigger place and the favourable climatic circumstances during sowing and harvesting interval.

“Last year, farmers obtained pretty great selling price for their crop thanks to the decrease output and the continuous demand just about all over the year. This has inspired them to go for bigger cultivation of the crop this year. What’s more, the favourable climatic affliction in the variety of a extended winter season has assisted boost the efficiency and yield,” De informed BusinessLine.

Potato output in the Condition was impacted in 2020 thanks to delayed sowing and unfavourable weather circumstances during harvesting. The continuous demand for the tuber from within the Condition as very well as the neighbouring marketplaces retained selling prices agency.

The wholesale selling price of the tuber experienced elevated to approximately ₹3,four hundred-3,five hundred a quintal in mid-November previous year. On the other hand, selling prices began inching down and ended up noticed ruling at about ₹1,four hundred-two,000 in early January.

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Bumper Loading

Cultivation of the spud in Bengal is unfold in excess of shut to four.6 lakh hectares. Hooghly, Burdwan, Bankura, East Midnapore and West Midnapore are vital rising districts. There has been about 5-seven for each cent boost in acreage this year, resources stated.

In accordance to De, loading in chilly storages is just about finish and most shop properties have been stored to upto ninety seven for each cent potential. The loading in chilly storages was decrease in 2020 at only fifty five lakh tonnes (approximately seventy nine for each cent of the complete potential).

There are about four hundred chilly storages in Bengal and the complete storage potential is believed to be shut to 70 lt.

“While the selling prices are ruling continuous at current but we feel once the unloading starts off then selling prices will start inching down,” stated Mintu Ghosh, a potato trader, in the Bankura district of West Bengal.