Punjab potato farmers demand freight subsidy and export to Pakistan to cover costs

It is just not onions that are being sold at around Rs 3 per kg in Maharashtra, the prices of potatoes have also spiraled down in Punjab. The rate of table potatoes has crashed between 60 to 75 per cent this year as the farmers are selling it for around Rs 4 per kg against the wholesale price of Rs 10 to 12 per kg last year coupled with no demand from other states. That is why the potato farmers are demanding freight subsidy or that they be allowed to export potatoes to Pakistan in order to cover their losses.

Farmers said that the prices have crashed because the yield of potatoes is very high across all potato-growing states of the country this season thus, the order for seed potatoes is quite low at the moment.

Source: newindianexpress.com

Source: The Plantations International Agroforestry Group of Companies