India: Low potato yield gives cold storages run for their money

Cold storage owners were pinning hopes on outstation potatoes and local carrots to fill the capacity but delayed arrivals and lower potato output has left about 15 per cent capacity of cold storages unutilised. Unlike past years, supplies of potatoes from leading producers, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal have squeezed sharply owing to adverse weather condition that damaged a lot of produce.

Association president Hansmukh Jain Gandhi: "This year cold storages will not get full. In any case, 15 per cent of the capacity is remained unused." Unused capacity in a year when many new cold storages have come up in the region is adversely hitting their business.

Rajiv Tuteja, a cold storage owner, told "We were anticipating some supplies of potato to come from nearby states that will help in compensating the losses, but, till date we have not received any outstation orders."

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