India has approached neighboring country Bhutan to meet the potato shortage. This information has been known from a report of Times of India. According to the media, Indian traders will be able to import potatoes from Bhutan until 31 January. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) of India issued a directive in this regard on Friday.
According to a report published on the Times of India website on Saturday, potatoes are now being sold in the country for 40 to 45 rupees. Union Food Minister Piyush Gyal has assured people that 30,000 tonnes of potatoes will arrive from Bhutan in the next few days to counter its prices.
In a separate statement, DGFT said that the Government of India has given an opportunity to import potatoes under the tariff quota scheme. In this method only one application will be considered against the import-export code. Successful applicants need to ensure that the consignment reaches the Indian port before 31 January next year. Thus, a total of 1 million tonnes of potatoes are being allowed to be imported.