Puneet Pal Singh
Jalandhar: While the impact of demonetization had hit the potato growers hard in Punjab, the fall in price of the crop from Rs 8/Kg to Rs 2.40/Kg has broken the backbone of the growers.
The state farmers are already under financial crisis due to different reasons and fall in price of potato has further caused gloom in the farming community.While giving information Jassa Singh, owner of Sampuran cold storage said that before demonetization, the potatoes were exported to the Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Gujrat. “In this, the borrowers used to pay by cash as this business is working on cash basis only. Due to lack of cash after demonetization, other states are reluctant to purchase the produce” said Singh.
He said cold stores are full to their capacity and there is no space to store the next produce, so they had to dump the previous. He said that in 2014 potato supply were smooth as Pakistan borders were open and nearly 20 percent potato produce of Punjab was exported there. He said farmers these days are not able to even pay for the storage charges.Deputy Director Horticulture Satbir Singh said that after the effect of demonetization the potato farming has reduced nearly 10 percent with 80,000-hectare farming, which was 90,000 hectares in past year.
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