Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Punjab to export 3000 MT potato to middle east and 2 lac MT to other states

Chandigarh, Feb 10, 2009

With a view to provide immediate relief to the potato growers,the Punjab Government today decided to export 3000 Metric Tonnes of potato to the middle east besides another 2 lac MT to states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu through its agency MARKFED. This was stated by Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt.Kanwaljit Singh here today .

While interacting with the media persons,Capt. Singh said that a team of Markfed officials had already been in Dubai to finalize the export of potato and the traders based there have also shown keen interest in importing potatoes. He said that there was no upper limit on export of potato and to make the prices more remunerative the Government has decided to provide Rs 1500 per MT as freight subsidy to the growers. Similarly, on the potato to be sent to other states the Government will provide a freight subsidy of Rs 400 per MT as compared to Uttar Pradesh where the freight subsidy on export is Rs 1000 per MT and Rs 250 per MT on potato send to other states. The Government will ensure that growers get benefit of freight subsidy, he added.

He expressed confidence that this step would provide immediate benefit to farmers thereby easing the potato glut situation.

He further said that the Punjab\'s Marketing Federation - MARKFED - has achieved \'Eurogap\' certificate for exports to European Union. He urged that private exporters keen to export potato to coordinate with the Markfed. He said that the arrangements of standardisation, packaging and certification will be made by the MARKFED and it would play an important role of facilitator to bail out the potato growers of the state.
The Minister further said that the state Government would make concert efforts to export maximum potato to foreign countries besides making it a regular feature.

He disclosed that the total production of potato in the state was 18-19 lakh tones while the present storage capacity was lakh MT in the state

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