Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday, told the Assembly that potato farmers in the state were making distress sale and not getting the right prices. Raising the issue in the Assembly, she said a crisis had emerged where the farmers were not able to purchase potato seeds owing to the demonetisation. This was not the time for political fights, she said, and urged the opposition parties to give suggestions on how to deal with the crisis. Banerjee said all kind of farming activity had been stopped and the common man had been hit hard by demonetisation.
In this hour of crisis, there is a need to stand by the farmers, she added. The state agriculture minister, Purnendu Basu, said that 90 lakh metric ton of potato that is 30 lakh more than required for consumption in the state was produced in the state last time and the price will come down further with the state government taking steps to help farmers supply their goods directly to open market without taking help of middlemen.