Potatoes flood Imphal markets; Now selling at prices lower than government rate
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, September 28 2011:
With potatoes flooding the Imphal market, the price of potatoes as sold in wholesale shops in and around Dharmasala dropped below the price fixed by the state government.
The drop in the prices of potatoes as a consequence of increase in its availability was witnessed when Hueiyen Lanpao paid a visit at the wholesale shops in and around Dharmasala.
The price of potatoes as fixed by the Price Fixation Committee of the state government is Rs 19 /kg.
But it was found that the shopkeepers were selling potatoes at a low rate of Rs 15/kg.The rate of onions also decreased to Rs 28/kg as against Rs 30/ kg fixed by the government.
Garlic was being sold at Rs 24/kg as against Rs 25/kg which fixed by the price fixation committee.
Speaking to our Reporter, a shopkeeper said that the actual price of potatoes after it has been procured from outside the state is Rs 18/kg.After consultation with the government the price was fixed at Rs 19/kg.But since the potatoes had been stored for long as a result of the economic blockade on the way, some of the potatoes had started rotting.
To save the potatoes from further getting rotten, the whole sellers are selling away the potatoes which are still good at a loss of Rs 3/kg.The same is the case with onions.
Apart from the goods which rarely get rotten such as rice, dal, edible oil and other items remains the same as fixed by the government.