Pota­toes at S/Jongkhar auc­tion yard fetch bet­ter prices this year

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Sam­drup Jongkhar

Potato farm­ers from the eastern dzongkhags are get­ting bet­ter prices for their pro­duce than last year at the auc­tion yard in Sam­drup Jongkhar. Along with the prices, pro­duc­tion has also in­creased this year.

From May this year, farm­ers who auc­tioned their pota­toes fetched dou­ble the prices they got last year.

Food Cor­po­ra­tion of Bhutan Lim­ited (FCBL) of­fi­cials said the quan­tity of the pro­duce auc­tioned also dou­bled this year.

FCBL auc­tion com­plex recorded 2,500 met­ric tons (MT) of pota­toes be­ing auc­tioned so far. At this time last year, the com­plex auc­tioned 2,000 MT of pota­toes.

The price fetched by the pota­toes in­creased to Nu 40mn from Nu 28.6mn in 2017.

FCBL’s com­plex man­ager Nam­gay Wangchuk said about 500 to 600 bags of pota­toes are auc­tioned ev­ery day.

“There is a dif­fer­ence of Nu 2 to Nu 3 per kg com­pared to the rates in 2017,” he said, “The av­er­age price is bet­ter this year with bet­ter de­mand.”

Pota­toes are sold at the places like Nal­bari, Ran­gia, Daranga and Silig­uri while some also get into the lo­cal mar­ket in Sam­drup Jongkhar.

The pota­toes are brought from places like Trashigang, Pema­gat­shel, Mon­gar, Trashiyangtse and Lhuentse to be auc­tioned in Sam­drup Jongkhar.

A farmer, Sonam Jamt­sho, who came from Trashigang said that the price was bet­ter this time. “The price this year was sta­ble and the potato yield from my field also in­creased,” he said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he said that he had auc­tioned about 30 bags of pota­toes so far. A bag con­tains about 40kg to 60kg of pota­toes de­pend­ing upon the size. “I will bring the re­main­ing pota­toes soon as the prices are bet­ter this time and we never know how the prices will change.”

Wangmo, another farmer said she cul­ti­vated fewer pota­toes this time as she was un­happy with last year’s price.

How­ever, she said that she was happy that they did not have to wait much to get the pay­ment.

The high­est av­er­age prices recorded so far is Nu 21/kg while the prices did not in­crease above Nu 17/ kg last year.

Mean­while, the FCBL auc­tion yard faced some stor­age prob­lems at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son due to the rush at the auc­tion yard.

But the com­plex man­ager said that they will en­hance the space soon in or­der to re­solve the con­ges­tion.

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