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Odisha (India) to grow potatoes on 25.000 hectares

Odisha (India) to grow potatoes on 25.000 hectares

Potato Field in the Indian State Odisha (Courtesy: Orissa Post)

July 23, 2016
Potato shortages put consumers in the Indian State Odisha and the Odisha State government in trouble year after year. Now the Odisha State Government has announced an ambitious plan to cultivate potato in 25,000 hectares of land.

The decision was announced after a recent review meeting of the ‘Potato Mission’ by the Agriculture Department.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Agriculture Secretary of the state said that the government will facilitate 1,000 metric tonnes of potato seeds to the farmers.

It must be mentioned here that the ‘Potato Mission’ — that had been launched in 2014 to boost tuber production in the state — resulted in a big failure last year with a 30 percent drop in year on year production.

While Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma blamed unfavourable weather condition behind the drop in production, agriculture experts pointed it out to the inability of the Agriculture Department to convince farmers.

Besides, hundreds of farmers who had cultivated potatoes had to sell their crops at low prices given lack of storage facilities in Odisha.