Potato price drops as Indian farmers pin hopes on ‘Bhavantar’

Wholesale prices of potatoes have dropped sharply this week and the farming community feels that the Haryana government’s new price deficit compensation scheme for four vegetable crops -called ‘Bhavantar Bharpai’- could provide a breather for them.

Vegetable growers said the state government should further cap vegetable cultivation in each field to ensure financial benefit to smaller landowners. They are also demanding regulation of the ‘arthiyas’ (commission agents and middlemen).

A potato grower from Jhansa Singh said the existing potato pricing was causing him a loss of 10,000 rupees (132 euros) per acre. However, he hoped the Bhavantar scheme may ensure the recovery of the cost input.

Another farmer Harpal Singh told tribuneindia.com the government should extend the secured prices for peas and other vegetables. He said food processing units should be opened in clusters for the benefit of farmers and that the government should put a stop to the price manipulations by the arthiyas.

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