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Vegetable growers, traders and consumers bearing the brunt

Potato prices soar but Uttar Pradesh farmers still feel losses

The incessant rains and floods in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest potato producer, has left farmers confronted with huge losses. On top of that, they are having to buy potatoes at exorbitant rates so that they can sow their next crop.

Many Uttar Pradesh potato fields prepared for the Rabi season are waterlogged with the incessant and unexpected rains the state saw earlier this month. Prices of potatoes have shot up and it has done no good to either the potato farmers nor the consumers.

Once the potato crop has been harvested, farmers usually keep the produce in cold storage. This serves two purposes. One, the farmer can sell the cold storage potatoes when their price goes up in the market, and the other is he can use the potatoes to sow his next crop. reports that this time too, the potato farmers who had kept their previous produce in cold storage removed them and sold them in the market after retaining some to sow. 

Vegetable growers, vendors and consumers bear the brunt
As the rains across Uttar Pradesh have pushed up the price of vegetables, leaving not just the consumers unhappy, but more so the farmers, vendors and consumers.

Potatoes that were sold in retail at Rs 15 a kg before October 17, are now going for anything up to Rs 25 a kg. Tomatoes that were around Rs 50 a kg are now selling at nearly Rs 90 a kg. Everything has gone up between 30 to 50 per cent. This is not just in urban areas, but also in the rural centres.

[ Rs 100 = €1.10 ]




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