The Odisha state government's plan to promote potato cultivation in Kandhamal district has become problematic, with the seeds allegedly being sold in open markets, much to the disappointment of farmers.
The seeds had been supplied to Kandhamal district for sale among farmers in Phulbani, Phiringia and Khajuripada blocks. The matter came to the fore after several hundreds of kilos of seeds were found being sold in the local vegetable markets of this town.
It is alleged that huge quantities of potato seeds have been sold off to traders instead of the farmers who urgently need it to start cultivation. The district administration had earlier set a target for potato cultivation on 100 hectare of land in the district.