Saturday, 16 August 2014

West Bengal to send potatoes to Orissa and Jharkhand for seven days

KOLKATA: The state is sending about 35,000 metric tonne of potato to its neighbouring states of Orissa and Jharkhand.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee recently held the task force meeting on vegetable price rise at Nabanna where the decision was taken.

The task force meeting was called on suddenly as the chief minister is scheduled to leave for Singapore on August 17 and will be out of the country for five days. Officials of agriculture department, police and the traders forum were present in the meeting.

According to officials, it has been decided that the state will send 5,000 metric tonne of potato daily for seven days to Orissa and 500 metric tonne of potato daily to Jharkhand also for seven days. However, it has been decided that the fixed amount of potato will be sent only for seven days.

Sources from the state secretariat said that the CM has asked to intensify vigil in the border areas and to check all the corporation markets in and around the city. Presently, the state has a stock of about 31 lakh metric tonne of potatoes. Officials said that stock will last comfortably till November if the state government manages to stop potatoes going outside the state. Bengal government,Potato Price,Mamata Banerjee



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