Srinagar, May 01, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, after oranges, pomegranates, onions, Chitrali caps, Peshawari sandals and women’s suits, Pakistani potatoes have also become popular among Valley consumers.
About 70 truckloads of potatoes arrive in the Valley via Chakoti-Salamabad barter trade route. The tubers are reciprocated with bananas from this side.
Muhamamd Imran, a wholesaler at Parimpora Mandi, said the potatoes are better and cheaper than the ones imported from Indian state of Punjab.
He said Kashmir normally gets its supply of potatoes from Punjab, particularly Jalandhar that grows the best variety in the Indian state.
“But the Pakistani thing beats even the Jalandhar potato in quality. Consumers ask for it again after they have it once,” Imran said.
Shabir Ahmad, a wholesaler at Iqbal Sabzi Mandi Batamaloo, said, “Pakistani potatoes are fresh. Most of the potato produce from India comes from cold stores which are emptied to pave way for fresh harvest.”
“There is good demand for Pakistani potatoes because of their freshness,” he said.
General secretary of Chakoti Salamabad Trade Association Hilal Turki in a media interview in Srinagar said the wholesale price of Pakistani potato is Rs 9-12 per kilogram and retails at Rs 20 per kg. Punjab potato sells for nearly the same amount but it doesn’t match Pakistani potato in quality.
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