Amid spiraling costs of potato in a number of components of nation, as a lot as 1,500 to 2,000 tonnes of potatoes are being exported to Pakistan per day by way of Attari-Wagah land route within the wake of shortage of the principle vegetable crop within the neighbouring nation, say exporters.
“Exporters are sending as many as 70-80 truck a great deal of potatoes (carrying 1,500-2,000 tonnes) per day to Pakistan as there’s a big demand for this crop within the neighbouring nation,” Amritsar-based vegetable exporter Anil Mehra instructed PTI at the moment.
“This 12 months, there’s a big scarcity of potato crop in Pakistan which prompted Pakistani authorities to permit responsibility free import of potatoes from India,” Mehra stated. Exporters identified that the potato crop in Pakistan had acquired broken due to frost in winter season which prompted huge scarcity in its availability for consumption.
Mehra stated Pakistani authorities had allowed responsibility free import of potatoes until July this 12 months from India.
Notably, the exports order for Indian potatoes from Pakistan got here after a spot of multiple 12 months.
Exporters are sourcing potatoes from a number of markets in Punjab and Haryana so as to meet the requirement of export demand. Potato value in Punjab and Chandigarh is ruling at Rs 25- 30 per kg in retail market.
Regardless of Centre slapping a minimal export value (MEP) of $450 per tonne on potatoes to spice up its availability and rein in costs, there was no impression on potato export to Pakistan. “There isn’t any impression of MEP (on potatoes) on its export to the neighbouring nation. Demand continues to stay robust from Pakistan,” stated one other exporter.
In the meantime, potato growers in Punjab had criticised the Centre’s resolution of imposing inventory holding restrict on potato crop, saying it may possibly have an adversarial impression on upcoming potato crop. “For those who put restriction on maintaining potato crop by imposing inventory holding restrict, it’ll have an adversarial impression on potato output. Inventory holding restrict will hit the supply of potato seeds that are required by potato rising states for sowing potato crop in winter season.
“It should result in one other disaster,” Jalandhar-based Confederation of Potato Seed Farmers (POSCON) President Sukhjeet Bhatti stated.
The Centre on Wednesday introduced potatoes and onion below the purview of Important Commodities Act and imposed inventory holding limits on these crops.
With over 30% drop in potato output due to frost in winter season, potato growers in Punjab fetched good charges for his or her crop this 12 months.
Presently, potato growers are getting Rs15-16 per kg as towards Rs 9-10 per kg which they acquired final 12 months.