District Horticulture Officer Digvijay Singh said that there are more than 80 cold storages in the district, but so far the information about lack of space in any cold storage in the district has not been revealed.
in Uttar Pradesh potato price It has fallen down a lot. This burdened the farmers damage Happening. In such a situation, farmers have started throwing potatoes on the roads. A similar case has come to the fore in Shivrajpur area of Kanpur district. Here 40 sacks of potatoes have been found thrown on the roadside. At the same time, after the matter came to light, the local administration has asked for an inquiry into the incident.
Farmers say that now there is no space inside the cold store in the district. In such a situation, they have no option but to throw potatoes. About 40 sacks of potatoes were found lying on the roadside in front of the old Diet Bhawan in Shivrajpur’s Bhaisau village on Wednesday. It is being said that due to bumper procurement, the arrival of potatoes has increased in the mandis, due to which the price of potatoes has fallen by Rs 2-3 per kg. In this situation, it became cheaper by Rs 500 per quintal as compared to last year. This is the reason why the farmers are now demanding the government to bring potatoes under the purview of MSP.
There is no place to keep potatoes in cold storage
At the same time, District Horticulture Officer Digvijay Singh said that there are more than 80 cold storages in the district, but so far no information has been revealed about the lack of space in any cold storage in the district. However, farmers say that almost all the cold stores in the district are full. In such a situation, they do not have any means to store potatoes. Due to this, farmers have been forced to dump thousands of kilograms of potatoes on the roads.
no money to go to market
According to the Times of India, Jagdish, a farmer from Bilhaur, said that we are not getting the price of potatoes even at Rs 2 per kg. He said that the traders of the nearby vegetable markets are buying potatoes at Rs 3 per kg, but we do not have the money to take them to the market. At the same time, farmer Sangram Shukla said that there is no storage facility in the villages of the district. In such a situation, the farmer is preparing to dump more than one to one and a half lakh quintal potatoes. He said that if the government did not take any step within a week, the potatoes would start spoiling.
The rate for potato storage has been fixed at Rs 260 per quintal.
Although, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced MSP for potatoes, but it is not seeing its effect on the ground. At the same time, after the complaint of the farmers, District Magistrate Visakhaji Iyer said that all the cold storage owners have been instructed to take rent for potato storage at the rate fixed by the government. He said that the government has fixed the rate of Rs 230 per quintal for normal potato storage and Rs 260 per quintal for sugar free potato storage.