The BJP's farmer wing staged a protest-demonstration today demanding better price for potato crop grown by farmers.
The BJP Kishan Morcha today took out a rally from College Square to central Kolkata demanding better prices for the potato crop, which witnessed a bumper production this year.
"The potato farmers are forced to make distress sell at a much lower price than the production cost. The state government is sitting idle and doing nothing to save the potato farmers. We demand that the state set a minimum support price for Jyoti variety at Rs 7 per kg and Chandramukhi at Rs 9 per kg," Ramakrishna Pal, President of BJP Kissan Morcha, Bengal unit said.
With potato farmers finding it difficult to sell their bumper crop this year, the West Bengal government has decided to purchase potato directly from them in addition to providing subsidies to help them sell the produce.
The state government had announced that potatoes would be bought at a rate of Rs 4.60 (per kilogram).