Potato is termed as the king of all vegetables due to its multi-purpose utility. It can easily be used for just about any cooking application. Preparing a delicious potato dish does not have to be that much difficult. It is as simple as throwing potatoes in the oven with some oil and salt to give us some of the best snacks and meals. From French fries to potato mash to a simple aloo sabzi, potatoes never disappoint us.
Potatoes are more fulfilling and easier to grow, especially when the country's population is booming at a high pace. As it is rich in nutrients and can easily make a delicious treat, it has gained quick popularity among the masses. Now, it has turned into the country's second biggest vegetable crop after rice. Because of favourable weather and cultivation of high yielding varieties of the crop, potato production is rising in the country every year. Now, Bangladesh is the seventh potato-producing country in the world, according to the FAO statistic of 2020.
As per sources close to the Bangladesh Cold Storage Association, growers and cold storage owners may face Tk 40 billion losses this year as potatoes in huge quantities lie unsold at warehouses in the country. Relevant authorities should take immediate measures to increase the potato marketing facilities including its export.
We can never let the potatoes, which always provide us a strong food backing, rot and perish. Since commodity prices abnormally soared, lots of people had to skip one or two meals a day. In this situation, potatoes are their last resort.