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India: Ban on exports hurts potato growers

Prices of potato plummeted to a mere Rs 400 a quintal from Rs 600 in the last 15 days, dealing a major jolt to potato growers in the harvesting season. At the time of planting, potato prices had increased from Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,600 a quintal, resulting in farmers increasing crop acreage. However, the prices took a downward turn of late. The drop in prices has been caused due to the ban on export of the vegetable in order to control inflation. Earlier, the government’s export ban had not included Pakistan but the recent decision has included our neighbour as well, increasing the pressure on prices. More

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