Lucknow:  Bumper potato production this year has created a preservation problem for Uttar Pradesh farmers. Owing to less demand and constant slump in wholesale prices, farmers who were forced to keep the bulk in cold storages will have to discard ten lakh tonne of potatoes after November 30.

Abiding by the legal obligation, cold storage owners will have to keep old stock till November 30 and preserve new stock after dumping previous bulk.

Constant decline in wholesale price of potato is continuing from the last two months. In Lucknow mandi, potato prices dived to Rs 424 per quintal from Rs 600-685 in November. Similarly in Varanasi, Muradabad and Faizabad mandis also recorded the declining trend where the price reached to Rs 370 per quintal.

Citing poor demand of potatoes from states like Delhi and Maharashtra, General Secretary, Potato Production Farmer Committee, Agra, Puspendra said die to heavy production of potatoes from Hoshiyarpur, Una and other regions of Punjab the demand from UP has decreased.

Meanwhile, president, Cold Storage Association of UP, Mahendra Swaroop, informed that nearly 10 lakh metric tonne of potato is preserved in 1,465 cold storages in the state.

“As per the agreement with the government we cannot discard the stock till November 30. After this, cold storage owners would seek suggestion from District Magistrate for dumping the old stock,” Swaroop added.

JPN/Bureau