Friday, 22 June 2018

 

The Indian government has doubled the procurement target of potatoes, in order to keep prices from crashing.

The potatoes will be directly procured from farmers, said commissioner of agro produce Raj Pratap Singh in an order to district magistrates across the state, cited by the local press. They have been instructed to set up centers for procurement agencies like UP Agro, PCF, HAFED and others. No middleman will be allowed to be a part of the procurement process. The centers will function until March 31.

Last year, for the first time, the state government announced a potato procurement policy to prevent a slump in prices wherein state agencies were to purchase one lakh metric tons of potatoes at a support price of Rs 487 per quintal.

Now, the government has doubled the target and raised the minimum support price from Rs 4,870 per metric tons to Rs 5,490 metric tons. The government has also announced Rs 1,373 per tons as transportation, packaging and loading and unloading subsidy.

During the previous crop season, in Bareilly, potato was cultivated across 3,100 hectares with a yield of 88,000 metric tons. According to sources in the horticulture department, this year, more farmers are likely to grow potato attracted with the facilities the government has extended to growers. In Bareilly division, UP Agro has been tasked to open procurement centers.

District horticulture officer Pooja said Rohilkhand produced maximum potato in the state last year. Being a semi perishable vegetable, it requires to be transported within 45 days of its extraction from the field. She hoped the yield would be higher this season. 

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