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Gujarat's Banaskantha now top potato producing district in India

Gujarat's Banaskantha now top potato producing district in India

The reason Gujarat's Banaskantha became the top potato producing district in India? Look no further than the products above: Banaskantha is in the 'backyard' of the McCain Foods potato processing plant in India

Gujarat's Banaskantha district has mashed Agra (Uttar Pradesh) in potato production, taking the No. 1 rank in India.

Union agriculture ministry's 'District-wise Estimation of Production and Area of Fruits, Vegetables and Crops in India' has revealed that Banaskantha has produced 17.10 lakh MT of potatoes, which is 9% of the total production in India. Gujarat is followed by Agra which has produced 15.84 lakh MT of potatoes. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lauded the farmers of Deesa (City in Banaskantha) for their potato yield and their progressive agricultural practices.

1 lakh MT potatoes =
100.000 tonnes of potatoes =
1,785,000 cwt of potatoes
The McAloo Tikki burger, French fries, and potato wedges — among the most beloved fast food items — all contain the delicious 'grown in Gujarat' element. Potatoes for these menu toppers come from farms of Deesa of Banaskantha district. Potatoes are sourced from farmers by McCain Foods, a Canadian multi-national.

Apart from McCain, a soft drink company and a local potato chip giant have contract farming deals for potatoes in the region, which have given high returns to the farmers.

According to the data, the potato planting area was the highest in Muzaffarpur in Bihar, while Banaskantha was ranked third in the country on this count with a planted area of 52,800 hectares.

In Muzaffarpur, sowing took up 85,500 hectares. However, when it comes to production, Banaskantha was leading the chart.

Rajesh Shah, a farmer in Deesa:

"We have adapted drip irrigation and with the availability of water, the per hectare productivity has increased.”

“Five years ago, the yield was around 20 tonnes per hectare, but for the past two years, it has increased to over 28 tonnes per hectare."
Ashish Guru, the president of the Gujarat Cold Storage Association:

"Climate in Banskantha is conducive to growing the crop. Besides, farmers here are open to changes.”

“The district has perhaps the highest number of drip-irrigation users.”

“This has not only improved the yield has also improved the quality of the crop."
The cold storage capacity in Gujarat was boosted by approximately 6.25 lakh tonnes (1.25 crore bags of 50kg each). Currently, the capacity is 22.50 lakh tonnes.

This also spurred the production of potatoes.
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McCain Foods Limited is an international leader in the frozen food industry and the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato specialities, employing approximately 18,000 people and operating 50 production facilities on six continents.