Falling prices: Protesting growers in India to distribute potatoes for free

Potato growers have now decided to distribute the crop for free at Jalandhar on Friday, to protest, what they termed the government’s apathy to their plight and retailers’ reluctance to streamline prices. potato growers have now decided to distribute the crop for free at Jalandhar on Friday, to protest, what they termed the government’s apathy to their plight and retailers’ reluctance to streamline prices. After three seasons of excellent prices for their crop, potato growers of the state are now facing a glut of the crop with no demand in local markets and other states. As a result, whole-sale prices have plumeted to an all-time low of Rs 160 to Rs 250 per quintal. The growers claim that potato consumption has reduced considerable this season because retailers are not lowering prices despite whole-sale prices falling to an all-time low. They also point to a glut in potato production in other key growing states including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat. More