11 November 1998
India bans potato exports

THE Indian Government has banned the export of potatoes after a sharp rise in price over the past three weeks.

The price has increased from Rs8/kg to Rs18/kg and is expected to reach Rs20/kg (28p/kg) soon.

India is the worlds fifth largest producer of potatoes, but exports constitute only about 1.5% of the countrys crop.

The rise in price has largely been caused by a setback in the current seasons early crop in the Indo-Gangetic region.

India is also currently suffering a shortage of onions.