Month to month normal cost of potato Rs 40/kg, most elevated in 10 years


The all-India month to month normal retail cost of potato rose to Rs 39.30 per kg in October, the most elevated in 130 months, official information from State Civil Supplies Departments arranged by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, show.

The normal retail cost of potato in Delhi this month was marginally higher than the all-India normal at Rs 40.11 per kg — additionally the most elevated since January 2010, right around 11 years prior.

The all-India normal retail cost per kg this October was practically twofold that of October 2019 (Rs 20.57 per kg). The normal cost in Delhi in October 2020 was 60% higher than the Rs 25 for each kg of the comparing month a year ago.

January 2010 is the soonest month for which tantamount information is accessible on the Ministry’s entry.

While retail costs of potato are typically higher during September-November because of occasional varieties, this year, the tuber began to get costly from February-March, when a normal month to month retail costs came to about Rs 23 for each kg.

Less capacity to fault

One explanation behind the spike in retail costs is lesser capacity than in prior years. Costs kept on ascending during the lockdown in April and May. Actually, the Ministry had sounded an alarm about the probability of a post-lockdown spike in costs.

Costs kept on rising consistently during the pandemic prompted lockdown in April and May.

One purpose behind the higher retail costs this year is less capacity contrasted with before years. As indicated by certain evaluations, cold stores across India have loaded just an expected 36 crore packs (of 50 kg every one) of potato from the primary rabi (winter-spring) crop collected in February-March this year. This was considerably less than the 48 crore packs in 2019, 46 crore sacks in 2018, and the record 57 crore packs of the 2017 post-demonetization crop.

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Information from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare show that potato in cool stockpiling this year is around 214.25 lakh tons (prior answered to have been 211.29 lakh tons), against the 238.50 lakh tons in 2018-19.

The Ministry of Agriculture had, truth be told, sounded a caution about the imaginable ascent in potato costs post lockdown. “Taking into account lesser capacity, there might be the plausibility of ascending in costs once the lockdown completely lifts, and particularly in the coming months,” the Ministry had said in a report.

Very little was, in any case, done to expand the gracefully, and capture the ascent in costs. India traded about 1.23 lakh metric huge loads of potato to nations including Nepal, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia during April-August this year, Commerce Ministry information show.

On Friday, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, who likewise holds extra charge of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, stated, “Potato (retail) costs have been steady at around Rs 42 throughout the most recent couple of days.” Some 30,000 metric huge loads of potato will begin showing up from Bhutan in the following scarcely any days, Goyal said.

The Minister said the administration had found a way to direct potato costs, and trusted they would be controlled. He said the import obligation was before 30%; presently, a quantity of 10 lakh metric tons at 10% obligation for import until January 31, 2021, has been told.

Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Haryana are the major rabi potato creating states. UP, the biggest maker which represents around 27 percent of the nation’s potato crop, has asked all private virus stores to offload their potato stock by October 31.