Potato merchants in West Bengal are facing labor shortages as of this week, owing to an increase in Covid cases in the state. The potato industry in Gangetic West Bengal may be concerned about the supply of labor from the first week of May. Many laborers are needed to unload potatoes from cold storages in order to meet the demand of domestic markets before the arrival of the next season’s crop in December.
The wave of Covid-19 cases continues in West Bengal, which is in the middle of an eight-phase balloting marathon – the first of its kind – for the 294-member conference. In Kolkata and its outlying suburbs, polls will be held for three additional phases.
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