Potato economy in Uttar Pradesh, India

Last Modified: Sun Nov 08 2020 01:29:16 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 30%
    Uttar Pradesh's contribution to India's potato production. Yield per hectare for the state is slightly higher than the national average, but lags other major potato producing States such as Bihar, Gujarat and West Bengal.
  • ? million tonnes
    Annual potato production in 2019-20.
  • 10.5 million tonnes
    Cold storage capacity utilised for storing potatoes in the state. The inadequate cold storage facilities and the lack of access to such facilities restrict many farmers from deriving gains from seasonal price fluctuations. Also, the lack of multiple and dispersed supply links due to farmers’ low direct participation in cold storage arrangements are leading to an oligopoly-like situation favouring price manipulation through hoarding.
  • 2,406
    Estimated number of cold storage facilities in the state (as of 31 Aug 2020), nearly 40% the national cold storage capacity. About 70% of this capacity is utilised for storing potatoes. Despite these impressive numbers, cold storage units in the state have been hit by lack of capital for technology up-gradation. This has pushed many cold storage units to the verge of closure, exacerbating the precariousness of potato growers.