They want at least Rs. 2,000 a quintal of seed potato
: Hassan Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar on Monday held two meetings with the merchants for fixing the price of seed potatoes, but the meetings remained inconclusive. The merchants stuck to their demand of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 2,100 a quintal price, which the district administration refused to accept.
The district is a major producer of potato. This year, farmers are expected to cultivate potato in about 20,000 hectares in the district.
In the meeting held in the morning, the merchants said they had procured seed potatoes from Punjab by investing over Rs. 1,600 to Rs. 1,800 a quintal and they could not sell it for less than Rs. 2,000 a quintal.
However, Mr. Anbukkumar said that the officers of the Horticulture Department had collected data about the price of seed potatoes in Punjab. He informed the merchants that the price was Rs. 900 a quintal in February and Rs. 1,020 a quintal of seed potatoes in March.
As the district administration and merchants failed to arrive at a consensus, the meeting was adjourned to 4 p.m. At the subsequent meeting, however, the merchants refused to budge from their demand, despite Mr. Anbukkumar requesting them to reconsider their decision for the benefit of farmers.
Seed potatoes were priced at Rs. 1,600 a quintal in Hassan, last year.