Since November 18, about two and a half thousand quintals of fresh batch of potatoes in the state mandis have arrived. With the old potatoes having been completely sold, price of potatoes will come down in the next one week.
Meanwhile the Horticulture Department has also claimed the storage has gone 100 percent empty. Wholesale price of potato is running between Rs 30-32 per kg in different parts of the state. While the retail rate has reached Rs 40-50 per kg.
The Horticulture Department has been quoted saying that the new potato produced in the state will arrive in decent quantity in December. Reportedly most of the new potato that is reaching the market is from Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat. In such a case it is being sold very expensive due to transportation expenses. As a consequence, rates of old potatoes have not dropped either.
An official SB Sharma says that the old potato is no longer in the cold storage of the state. As the farmers of UP bring their new potatoes to the market, the rate will decrease. Experts believe the high heat in September has also been a cause of delay.
Meanwhile Mandi director JP Singh is quoted saying new potato has started coming from November 18 onwards. Nearly two and a half thousand quintals of local new potatoes have arrived in the mandis of Kanpur, Farrukhabad, Agra, Kannauj, Hathras and Firozabad. This arrival will increase rapidly in a week’s time.