Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad district is known for its high production of potato. Multinational food giants such as Frito-Lay, which manufactures potato chips, procure potatoes from here, and farmers usually get fair prices for their yield.
Last year was a good year for potato crops and farmers felt encouraged to grow more. Because of the bumper crop this year, prices have plummeted and farmers are suffering reports en.gaonconnection.com
As against last year’s potato prices of up to Rs 43 per kilogram (kg), the prices for potatoes are hovering around Rs 10- Rs 15 a kg in the vegetable markets across the state. According to farmers, the COVID19 lockdowns last summer had severely hampered the supply chain and the prices of potato had hit the ceiling. And now they have crashed down.
Because of the surplus, the market rate of potatoes this year has been abysmally low.
A total of 30,000 metric tonnes of potatoes have been stored in the cold storages in the district.
As per the data provided by the Union Ministry for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, potato production in the country rose to 53.69 million tonnes in 2020-21 as compared to 48.56 million tonnes in 2019-20.
Uttar Pradesh, which is India’s highest potato producing state, contributes 35 per cent of the country’s total potato production. With 610,000 hectares area in the state under potato cultivation, 14.78 million tonnes of potato was harvested in 2019-20.