Potato is once again in the news with sharp increase in its price following regulation on inter-state transport of the vegetable by the West Bengal Government.
The vegetable, which was available at `14-15 a kg in the city till last week, is now selling at `20-22 a kg. The sudden increase in price of the tuber is attributed to regulation on supply by the neighbouring State.
The West Bengal Government once again enforced restriction on the inter-state movement of potato despite huge stock. The decision to impose restriction was taken after a review on the tuber stock by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, official sources said. The Bengal Government, however, lifted the restriction after verifying the potato stock in different cold storages.
Presently, the neighbouring State has a stock of over three lakh quintals which is enough to meet the Odisha demand till arrival of new crop in the market, secretary of Aiginia Potato Merchant Association Shakti Sampad Mishra told this paper.