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Punjab potato growers expect sharp decline in yield

February 3, 2012
Punjab potato growers, who dumped their produce on the road last December in protest against low rates, expect a sharp fall in output of the tuber, with 20-30 per cent of the crop getting damaged due to unfavourable weather conditions last month.
“Rain in January has dealt a severe blow to potato growers in Punjab and it is going to have a damaging effect on overall production of crop in Punjab. We think the crop loss may be between 20-30 per cent,” said Confederation of Potato Seed Farmers president Sukhjit Singh Bhatti.