India may increase import potato from Pakistan in a big way due to bumper crop available at comparatively low cost to meet its domestic requirement.
Pakistani potato is cheaper than the Indian variety by 20 percent to 40 percent.
Exporters are receiving queries from across the globe including India, which has rekindled their hopes of starting the export process in next few weeks.
Pakistani exports said that India's potato production is expected to be 33.5-34 million tonne this year, which is 10-15% less than last year.
On account of considerable price difference, Indian imports are expected to
increase as many more traders are open to sourcing potato from Pakistan.
"A good bumper crop in Pakistan coupled with a stronger Indian rupee against the Pakistani rupee are the main attraction of Indian traders to import Pakistani potato," said exports.
Higher prices of Indian potato made them to start importing potato from
"Indian potato prices are more than double than the previous year.
To cater to the Indian market and processing industry Indian traders are
interested to get the Pakistan potato,"
Indian traders imported 200-250 trucks (10- 15 tonne per truck) over the past two weeks.
White skin potato was being exported for Rs 8-9 a kg and the red skin for Rs
10-11. Compared to it the Indian white skin potato in wholesale were selling for Rs 12-13 and red skin like Lady Rosetta for Rs 16-17 a kg, said an exporter.
Pakistan is self sufficient in potatoes for household consumption and depends more than 99 percent on locally produced potatoes.
Although Pakistan is a large potato producing country yet it has very limited storage and processing facilities.
Major importing countries of Pakistani potato were Sri Lanka,
Singapore, Gulf countries, Iran and Malaysia.