The price of potatoes is gradually soaring in the state as traders in West Bengal have reportedly resorted to hoarding. Odisha is dependent on Bengal potatoes. The hoarding in Bengal has impacted Odisha market where potatoes are sold for Rs 30 a kg during COVID times. Its price may go up further.
Therefore, in a meeting of the potato trade bodies and cold storage managers last week, the West Bengal state government announced that a maximum of seven days will be allowed to ensure that the price of potato becomes Rs 25 a kg in the retail level. This means potato traders are directed to ensure that the retail price of the tuber is brought down from Rs 32-34 a kg to Rs 25 a kg.
All stakeholders agreed that growers will get bumper prices if potato go for Rs 22 per kg from the cold storage gates. Potato should be at Rs 25 for the consumers taking into account transport, wholesale and retail margin, Pradip Kumar Mazumdar, the chief agri advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Traders, however, pointed out that Rs 3 per kg spread is not enough between cold storage gates to the platter considering the high wastage in the monsoon season. Mazumdar said the government will take all measures to ensure that the price is adhered to.