In the last 10 days, there has been a big difference in the prices of vegetables in many cities between the farmer movement. Due to supply impact, where the rate of vegetables has increased in big cities including Delhi, prices of potato, cabbage, tomato, greens, peas etc. have fallen in smaller cities. According to the December 4 data on the website of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, in most cities of the country, potatoes are being sold around Rs 50 a kg and onions around Rs 60. At the same time, potatoes in Mayabandar have reached Rs 70, onion and tomatoes at Rs 80.
Relieving news amidst this phase of inflation is from West Bengal. Potato rates will be halved here very soon. Let us tell you that the price of potato which was skyrocketing for the last few months and is now close to Rs 50 per kg and within a few days its price in West Bengal is almost certain to come down to Rs 40 per kg. An official of a cold storage association of the state gave this information.
Potato, onion and tomato rates in major cities of the country
Source: – State Civil Supplies Department
Potato retail price will come down to Rs 40 a kg
The West Bengal Cold Storage Association official told PTI that wholesale rates of different varieties of potatoes at the cold storage gate had decreased by Rs 5 per kg in the last three days. It is likely to decrease further to around Rs 28. This will help the retail prices of potatoes to go below Rs 40 a kg in local markets. Arrival of potato from Punjab has started, but its quantity is very less. He said that the crop in West Bengal would be ready by the end of the month. In a notice issued by the West Bengal government on November 27, 465 cold storage owners were asked to dispose of their remaining stock by November 30 or else action would be taken against them.
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After the notice, cold storage owners panic and there is too much of crops in the market. The official said that in the last three days, the prices of potatoes have decreased by Rs 5 per kg at the cold storage gate and will fall further. By December 7, about 50 percent of cold storage will be able to empty its stock, while the rest will be empty by mid-December. The official said that at present about 6-8 lakh tonnes (10 per cent) of the potatoes are still lying in cold storage and they will take some more time to evacuate the stock, keeping pace with the potato owners.