Gandhinagar, 28 August 2020
Prices of vegetables have increased in cities in Gujarat as no one can visit the fields during the monsoon. Therefore, the prices of potato and onion have also increased. Despite such a mass production of 12 months potatoes and onions, prices have increased as demand has increased and farmers are benefitting less but traders have get benefits, stored goods at the coltdstore. At that time, the cultivation of both these crops is being done in two districts.
In the last 10 years, there has been no major upheaval in the cultivation and production of vegetables in Gujarat. In 2008-09, 10 years ago, 68 lakh tonnes of vegetables were grown on 3.95 lakh hectares. Banaskantha had a maximum of 1.3 crore tonnes of vegetables grown on 57,000 hectares. The Agriculture Department of the Government of Gujarat has told the same things in the last report released.
In Gujarat today, in 2018-19, 1.25 crore tonnes of vegetables are grown on 6.26 lakh hectares. Production in vegetables has doubled in 10 years. In which 25 lakh tons of vegetables are grown on 95 thousand hectares in Banaskantha. Today, 20 percent of the entire Gujarat and 12 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch produce 23 lakh tons of vegetables, which are produced in Banaskantha alone.
This is also due to the fact that potato production is already high here. In 2008-09, 7.84 lakh tonnes of potatoes were grown on 28,000 hectares. In 2018-19, 20 lakh tonnes of potatoes are harvested on 68 thousand hectares. Thus, out of 25 lakh tonnes, only 5 lakh tonnes of vegetables are harvested. In 2008-09, Bhavnagar was second with 9.30 lakh tonnes of vegetables grown on 38,000 hectares, with onion being the largest crop. 7.83 lakh tonnes of onions were planted in 30 thousand hectares. Which was 49% of the total 58 thousand hectares of Gujarat. In 2018-19, the state produced 11 lakh tonnes of onions in 44,000 hectares, while Bhavnagar produced 6.58 lakh tonnes of onions in 26,000 hectares.
For this reason, both these districts are leaders in vegetable cultivation and production. No other district has broken their monopoly for 10 years.