Potato is the major cash crop produced in Hunza – Gojal, and rest of Gilgit – Baltistan. Unfortunately, however, due to absence of a regulatory authority, or its ineffectiveness, the potato growers always find themselves at the losing end.
At times the price is deliberately kept low, when the buyers organize into informal cartels. The power of these small cartel – like bodies, including local and non – local traders, is immense and unchecked. Many growers do not get the money for years after selling their crop. It is high time for the government to intervene and develop a mechanism that soothes the growers and controls the traders.