The closures of hotels, chip shops and the cancelling of all events have left Bengaluru potato traders severely affected. As a result, several hundred tons of potatoes that arrived at Yeshwantpur APMC Market has now begun to rot. Even though the state government has allowed trading activities between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm, many traders are finding it tough to transport potatoes from their warehouses and bringing them back after the trade.
"Under these lockdown conditions, with great difficulty, we managed to arrange for labourers to sort out the best ones from the rotten ones. The shift in the business place and short duration of business activity has severely affected our trade. Also, the North-Indian labourers who predominantly use potatoes in cooking have also gone back in large numbers. Demand from hotels and the chips industry has also slumped due to lockdown," one trader told deccanherald.com.
The Onion-Potato traders association at Yeshwanthpur alleged that they have been deliberately targeted by the government while allowing other traders trading in groceries to operate from the Yeshwantpur market itself.
"If the buyers coming to APMC for grocery, they will also buy onion and potato. But only we have been moved out of Yeshwantpur APMC while grocery traders are allowed to do business. Buyers are also finding it tough to get it from Dasanapura which is far from the city. All this had led to the poor sale of potatoes, said Uday Shankar, Secretary of the Association.