statesman news service
Kolkata, 25 October
The state government has fixed the price of potatoes in the retail market, Agriculture Marketing Minister Arup Roy said today at Writers’ Buildings.
Retailers have to sell potato (jyoti) at R14 per kg and no further price hike will be allowed till the old stock is cleared from cold storage, he said.
The rate of chandramukhi potatoes has not been fixed. “We will discuss the price of chandramukhi potatoes. It could be hiked by R2 per kg," he said.
An emergency meeting was organised at Writers’ Buildings to discuss measures to reduce price of potatoes. The agriculture marketing minister and principal secretary, agriculture advisor of chief minister, representatives from cold storage associations, potato traders and some representative for farmers attended the meeting.
Mr Roy said task force members would visit the markets and collect the price regularly. If any retailer tries to sell potatoes above R14 per kg then enforcement branch officers will take action against them.
The traders or farmers have to sell potatoes at R750 per quintal to cold storages and the selling price of cold storages is R1,050 per quintal.
Mr Roy said there is enough stock in the cold storage and all of it will be cleared by 30 November. The Agriculture Marketing Department has already issued a notification that no trader can transport potatoes to other states without informing the state government.