Monthly average price of potato Rs 40/kg, highest in a decade

Monthly average price of potato Rs 40/kg, highest in a decade

The all-India monthly average retail price of potato rose to Rs 39.30 per kg in October, the highest in 130 months, official data from State Civil Supplies Departments compiled by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, show.

The average retail price of potato in Delhi this month was slightly higher than the all-India average at Rs 40.11 per kg — also the highest since January 2010, almost 11 years ago.

The all-India average retail price per kg this October was almost double that of October 2019 (Rs 20.57 per kg). The average price in Delhi in October 2020 was 60 per cent higher than the Rs 25 per kg of the corresponding month last year.

January 2010 is the earliest month for which comparable data are available on the Ministry’s portal.

While retail prices of potato are usually higher during September-November due to seasonal variations, this year, the tuber started to get expensive from February-March, when average monthly retail prices reached about Rs 23 per kg.