Potato is sown in India in Kharif and Rabi seasons. Kharif produce is available in the market from August end to October, which accounts for 15 to 20% of annual production. From mid-December to mid-April Rabi produce is available in the market which accounts for 80 to 85%. Only, the rabi potato is stored for domestic as well as export markets. The major potato growing districts in Karnataka are Hassan (more than 41%), Chikmagalur, Belgaum, Dharwad, Bengaluru Rural and Kolar.
The NIAP-New Delhi’s’, Network Project on Market Intelligence functioning in the Department of Agricultural Marketing, Co-operation and Business Management, UAS, Bengaluru collected the modal prices of potato that prevailed in Hassan market during the last Eleven years and Statistical analysis was carried out to analyse the future prices of potato for the harvesting months to guide potato farmers as well as the stakeholders. Also an opinion survey of potato farmers and traders was conducted. Based on the analysis and Market survey, it is forecasted that potato would fetch a modal price of around Rs.1000-1100 per quintal during harvesting months. This forecast prevails for current market sentiments, storage pattern & any change in EXIM policy could alter the prices.
Dr. M. S. Jayaram, Dr. C. P. Gracy, Dr. M. R. Girish
Mangala V Reddy, Sowmya Shree, K. L
Department of Agricultural Marketing, Co-operation and Business Management
UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru-65