Potato growers facing a crisis as the cost dropped to 300 rupees per quintal

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Fatehpur. Over the past year, the prices of potatoes that spoiled the kitchen budget have fallen sharply. Wholesaling has decreased by as much as 300 rupees per quintal. However, ordinary people do not benefit from this decline. In the retail trade, potatoes are still sold at around 20 rupees per kg. Farmers say that even the cost is not coming because of the drop in prices.
Last year, due to the high price of potatoes at the time of sowing, farmers had to buy seeds valued at 4 to 4.5 thousand rupees per quintal. When the potato digging began, the market price was 600 to 800 rupees per quintal. In such a situation, the farmers, who were preparing the harvest by buying expensive seeds, stored the potatoes in cold stores. If you do this, you think that you will make more profit later. But it didn’t happen this time. Potatoes, which until a week ago were selling up to 1100 rupees per quintal, have now reached a price of 800 rupees.
While the farmers are suffering from the low potato prices, cold store operators also fear that they will not throw potatoes out of the store as they did two years ago. Therefore, from now on, the shopkeepers are calling the farmers and advising them to sell potatoes at the market.
If you look at the data from the district horticultural office, there are 14 cold stores for storing potatoes. Of these, 89,016.70 tons of potatoes were stored. 165 tons of potatoes were cleared. There are currently 88,851.70 t of potatoes in the store.
Potato farmer Deepak Dubey said the cost of fertilizers, seeds, diesel and other expenses won’t come from potatoes this time around. When the potato crop was harvested, the price of potatoes was six to eight hundred rupees per quintal. It’s still the same price and the store’s freight costs have increased too.
Potato farmer Uday Chaurasia said that at the time the potatoes were planted, the seeds were purchased from Rs.4000 to Rs.4000 per quintals. Now that the time has come to sell potatoes, the store only sells up to Rs.800. Around 300 quintals are spent on adding bags, pallets, and storage fees.
Farmers use five quintals of potato seed for every Bigha potato sowing. Last year seeds were sown to the value of 4,500 rupees per quintal. That is, five quintals of seeds are worth 22,500 rupees. It takes two and a half hours to create a bigha farmland, which costs two thousand rupees at a rate of 800 rupees per hour. One and a half sack of DAP Rs 1800, Potas 25 kg Rs 500, Urea One
Sack was spent on Rs 300 and insecticides, zinc Rs 1500. 1200 for three waterings. After that much expenditure, about 40 quintals of potatoes were produced. Storage freight, sack, palladari and mandi costs of 40 quintals are around 350 rupees to 14,000 rupees per quintal. The total cost of the potato reaches Rs 44,800. If a farmer sells 40 quintals of potatoes for 800 rupees, he gets only 32,000 rupees. In such a situation, farmers suffer a loss of around Rs 12,000 per bigha.

Fatehpur. Over the past year, the prices of potatoes that spoiled the kitchen budget have fallen sharply. Wholesaling has decreased by as much as 300 rupees per quintal. However, ordinary people do not benefit from this decline. In the retail trade, potatoes are still sold at around 20 rupees per kg. Farmers say that even the cost is not coming because of the drop in prices.

Last year, due to the high price of potatoes at the time of sowing, farmers had to buy seeds valued at 4 to 4.5 thousand rupees per quintal. When the potato digging began, the market price was 600 to 800 rupees per quintal. In such a situation, the farmers, who were preparing the harvest by buying expensive seeds, stored the potatoes in cold stores. If you do this, you think that you will make more profit later. But it didn’t happen this time. Potatoes, which until a week ago were selling up to 1100 rupees per quintal, have now reached a price of 800 rupees.

While the farmers are suffering from the low potato prices, cold store operators also fear that they will not throw potatoes out of the store as they did two years ago. Therefore, from now on, the shopkeepers are calling the farmers and advising them to sell potatoes at the market.

If you look at the data from the district horticultural office, there are 14 cold stores for storing potatoes. Of these, 89,016.70 tons of potatoes were stored. 165 tons of potatoes were cleared. There are currently 88,851.70 t of potatoes in the store.

Potato farmer Deepak Dubey said the cost of fertilizers, seeds, diesel and other expenses won’t come from potatoes this time around. When the potato crop was harvested, the price of potatoes was six to eight hundred rupees per quintal. It’s still the same price and the store’s freight costs have increased too.

Potato farmer Uday Chaurasia said that at the time the potatoes were planted, the seeds were purchased from Rs.4000 to Rs.4000 per quintals. Now when the time comes to sell potatoes the store only sells up to Rs.800. Around 300 quintals are spent on adding bags, pallets, and storage fees.

Farmers use five quintals of potato seed for every Bigha potato sowing. Last year seeds were sown to the value of 4,500 rupees per quintal. That is, five quintals of seeds are worth 22,500 rupees. It takes two and a half hours to create a bigha farmland, which costs two thousand rupees at a rate of 800 rupees per hour. One and a half sack of DAP Rs 1800, Potas 25 kg Rs 500, Urea One

Sack was spent on Rs 300 and insecticides, zinc Rs 1500. 1200 for three waterings. After that much expenditure, about 40 quintals of potatoes were produced. Storage freight, sack, palladari and mandi costs of 40 quintals are around 350 rupees to 14,000 rupees per quintal. The total cost of the potato reaches Rs 44,800. If a farmer sells 40 quintals of potatoes for 800 rupees, he gets only 32,000 rupees. In such a situation, farmers suffer a loss of around Rs 12,000 per bigha.

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( News Source – Amar Ujala )

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