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Bengal, India: potatoes not very hot

Disappointing potato crop prices in 2016-17 have compelled farmers in West Bengal to reduce cultivation this season. In 2016-17, West Bengal reported a 22 percent rise in the production of potatoes —at 1.1 million tonnes— which made the prices drop. At the time of harvesting, prices were as low as 110-120 rupees (1.45-1.58 euros) per 50 kg, or around 2.4 rupees (0.03 euros) a kg.

Cold storages are still holding stock from the previous year. According to thehindubudinessline.com, close to 50.000 tonnes of potatoes still remain in cold storages across West Bengal.

The State government has extended its transport subsidy to January 15 to help farmers clear their stock from cold storages, helping them transport their wares inter-State by road and rail.


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