Government to import potatoes for 1st time to check rising prices
Union Government for the first time decided to import potatoes to augment domestic availability and check rising prices of the kitchen staple.
The Union Government on 16 October 2014 decided to import potatoes to check rising prices. This is the first time that the potatoes will be imported.
As per the decision, potato will be imported from Pakistan and European countries. Imports will be done to ensure sufficient supply till January 2015.
Also, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation will float tender in this regard and the tenders will be invited by end of October 2014 so that shipments reach India by the end of November 2014.
Apart from this, the government also asked Small Farmers' Agri-Business Consortium to explore possibilities of imports.
India in crop-year 2013-14 produced more than 44 million tonnes of potatoes which is 2.3 per cent less than crop-year of 2012-13. As a result, potatoes prices in last few weeks have shown a rising trend and in the National Capital Delhi, it is being retailed at 35 to 40 rupees per kilogram.