News on The Potato Supply Chain from West Bengal
International Potato Center (CIP) supports West Bengal in becoming self-reliant in seed potato production by 2030
October 02, 2023The state Agriculture department of West Bengal (India) recently set a target of attaining self-sufficiency in the production of seed potato by 2030. CIP is supporting the effort with their technology
PepsiCo & USAID award women farmers from West Bengal for breaking stereotypes and inspiring communities
May 16, 2022PepsiCo 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
May 12, 2022Potato 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.
Costly seed potatoes and a low guaranteed selling price (MSP) could spell disaster for West Bengal farmers
March 18, 2021Potato 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
March 12, 2021Retail 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.
West Bengal allows cold storages to buy 1 Million tons of potato
February 23, 2021Predicting 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.
Soaring onion, potato prices in India become a political hot potato
November 10, 2020Blaming 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.
West Bengal state government (India) to curb spike in prices of potatoes
September 04, 2020The 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.
West Bengal’s potato farmers in trouble - reportedly resulting in multiple suicides
March 25, 2015Even 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.