JPGA demands assistance state center government. The Jalandhar Potato Growers Association (JPGA) on Friday demanded special assistance from the state and the center government and said that the center government should remove restrictions on export of potatoes to Pakistan.Press Secretary, Jagat Gill Thamanwal also demanded that priority express rail racks be made available for transporting potatoes to South India. “On the lines of rail racks for banana crop, potato farmers should also be equipped with this facility”, he said.
He said that potato growers have faced losses due to demonetization and glut because of lack of forecasting and marketing infrastructure. “Potatoes are selling at Rs 2.50 per kg while cost of production is Rs 6 per kg. Potato farmers are incurring huge losses of Rs 35,000 per acre. Farmers cannot bear such heavy losses, hence government intervention was must”, he said.Thamanwal also demanded a special financial assistance for debt ridden potato farmers. “Even taxes on farm input should not be increased under the new GST regime”, he mentioned.
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