India: With 40% cold stores in Punjab flooded with old crops, potato glut likely this year too

Potato growers have been forced to sell their crop at throwaway rates.Potato farmers in Punjab are headed for another season of dwindling profits because the cold storage facilities are still flooded with old crop. Satbir Singh, deputy director of horticulture, said nearly 40% cold stores are filled with old crops at present. With this, farmers are likely to face a glut in the market. The last few years have witnessed a surplus production of potatoes in the state but this has not been promptly transported to other states. As a result, potato growers have been forced to sell their crop at throwaway rates. “There will be no place for new crop and farmers will be forced to dump it on roads as the current market rates are very low,” said Jagat Prakash Singh Gill, spokesperson of Jalandhar Potato Growers Association. More