Kolkata: Potato merchants in West Bengal have blamed the current modification to the Important Commodities Act by the Centre for an increase in costs of the tuber in retail markets because it permits barrier-free commerce of the agricultural product. Potato costs in West Bengal are at present ruling excessive at Rs 32-33 a kg as 15-20 per cent of each day provide of the commodity is being exported to neighbouring states, they claimed. “Potato costs are up on the retail stage as at the very least 15-20 per cent of each day provides are being despatched to neighbouring states. If exports are stopped, the costs will come down by round Rs 4-5 per kg,” merchants stated.
Additionally they claimed that the modification to the Important Commodities Act has a task in maintaining potato costs agency, regardless of the state authorities’s efforts to deliver it down. In June, the Centre had given its nod to the modification to the Act to decontrol meals gadgets, together with cereals, pulses, onion and potato and likewise authorised ‘the Farming Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020’ to make sure barrier-free commerce in agriculture produce.
The state authorities had issued an ultimatum to potato merchants to deliver down the wholesale worth to Rs 22 a kg and warned of motion if retailers are discovered promoting the tuber above Rs 27 a kg. Nonetheless, the Jyoti number of potato is being offered at Rs 32-33 per kg.
In line with the state authorities official, the hole between potato costs at chilly storage and the retail market shouldn’t be greater than Rs 5 per kg.
“The ordinance has curtailed the ability of the state authorities to control costs of a number of farm merchandise,” sources on the West Bengal Chilly Storage Affiliation instructed PTI. With the modification, commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion and potato have been faraway from the record of important commodities, although in conditions resembling warfare, famine, extraordinary worth rise and pure calamity, these
agricultural merchandise will be regulated, they stated.
“Now, there aren’t any restrictions on shares. Merchants can promote the commodity wherever within the nation. So, they’re exporting potatoes to the neighbouring states for higher realisation,” an official of the chilly storage affiliation stated. Requested whether or not the state authorities is planning to ban exports of potato to different states, a senior official of the agriculture division didn’t wish to remark.
Merchants stated the manufacturing of potato in West Bengal was decrease by 10 per cent to 90-95 lakh tonne this yr, although the output was adequate for the state’s consumption which is about 60 lakh tonne every year.
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