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PepsiCo & USAID award women farmers from West Bengal for breaking stereotypes and inspiring communities

PepsiCo & USAID award women farmers from West Bengal for breaking stereotypes and inspiring communities

May 16, 2022
PepsiCo and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) acknowledged and awarded six women farmers as part of its ‘Women’s Land Rights and Economic Empowerment’ activity in West Bengal.
Potato Production in key production areas of India affected by Unseasonal Rains and Heat Wave

Potato Production in key production areas of India affected by Unseasonal Rains and Heat Wave

May 12, 2022
Potato production in the current crop year is estimated to be 53.60 mt, down from 56.17 mt last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture's first estimate of horticulture production.
Bengal’s potato output seen up by 16% on higher area, favourable weather

Bengal’s potato output seen up by 16% on higher area, favourable weather

April 02, 2021
Cold storages full at 97% capacity; bumper crop drags prices of the spud down.
Costly seed potatoes and a low guaranteed selling price (MSP) could spell disaster for West Bengal farmers

Costly seed potatoes and a low guaranteed selling price (MSP) could spell disaster for West Bengal farmers

March 18, 2021
Potato cultivators in West Bengal were afraid they will face severe losses as the price of good quality seeds have skyrocketed even as the minimum support price (MSP) fixed has remained relatively low.
Bumper potato yield gives price stability hope in West Bengal

Bumper potato yield gives price stability hope in West Bengal

March 12, 2021
Retail prices of potatoes have risen marginally, given that farmers have been scrambling to stock up on the harvest, which has had a bumper production this year. This very bounty and the stockpiling is expected to keep potato prices stable over the next season.
Bengal Cabinet allows cold storages to buy 10 lakh MT of potato

West Bengal allows cold storages to buy 1 Million tons of potato

February 23, 2021
Predicting a bumper harvest of potato this season, the West Bengal Cabinet on Monday decided to allow cold storage owners to purchase at least 10 lakh (1 Million) metric tons of tuber from farmers at a fixed price, so that they do not have to suffer losses, a senior official said.
Mamata Banerjee to seek Modi's intervention over soaring onion, potato prices in India

Soaring onion, potato prices in India become a political hot potato

November 10, 2020
Blaming the federal government for the steep hike in prices of essential commodities, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal alleged that the prices were rising as the Centre has snatched away the state's power.
The West Bengal state government (India) has a plan in place to curb spike in prices of potatoes

West Bengal state government (India) to curb spike in prices of potatoes

September 04, 2020
The Kolkata state government (India) had given seven days time to potato traders to lower its wholesale price to Rs 22 per kg so that it can be sold at Rs 25 per kg.
India marketing war? Pepsico - ITC focus on healthier packaged snacks

India marketing war? Pepsico - ITC focus on healthier packaged snacks

March 25, 2015
As growth slows down and intense competition emerges from regional brands in potato chips, PepsiCo and ITC are shifting their focus more towards newer and healthier forms of packaged snacks, the market for which is growing at twice the speed.
West Bengal’s potato farmers in trouble - reportedly resulting in multiple suicides

West Bengal’s potato farmers in trouble - reportedly resulting in multiple suicides

March 25, 2015
Even though the ban by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on sale of potatoes to other states over the past three years has been lifted, cases of farmer suicides, which some say may have been driven by the fear of heavy losses, are still being reported.
A worker is seen transporting potatoes to a local market after a spell of rain in Kolkata on Wednesday (Courtesy: Ashoke Chakrabarty)

Potato prices West Bengal crash on bumper crop

March 05, 2015
A bumper crop, coupled with weak demand from other States, has led to a free-fall in potatoes prices in West Bengal.
Potato Production India might be up 25-30 % over last year

Rabi Potato Production India might be up 25-30% over last year

December 23, 2014
Domestic potato production in India in the present Rabi season is likely to be 25-30 per cent higher over last year on account of good weather conditions.
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