The main product ion of this plant is potato flakes, which is also known as potato powder. Potato flakes means powder from dehydrated potato. To manufacture Potato flakes, potatoes are first dehydrated and then pulverized into flakes or powder.
Potato is the most essential and important vegetable throughout the world. The area of cultivation in india has been estimated as 502150 hectares. The principal Poatao producing areas of cultivation in country are West Bengal, U.P, Orissa, Punjab, Maharastra, M.P, H.P.
Due to green revolution effect and various researches in the agricultural field many new varities of potato has come up and the production of potato has reached to such a state that marketing practice of raw potato has become now a days natural phenomena in some parts of the country in every alternate year. Due to this critical reason, farmers face losses and are discouraged.
In our country, potatoes are cultivated on a very large scale in winter season, there is invariably a gult in the market during the peak season resulting in decreasing of their prices. However, in other season there is a scarcity and prices are high. As the cultivators have to sell potatoes for not having proper scope for storing all their grown potatoes in the cold storage, in less prices.
Though potatoes are mainly stored in cold storages, sometimes it happens that as all the cold storages evacuate within a certain short time, the growers or the traders cannot manage to recover the storing cost by selling the stored potatoes at that time. The alternative way to overcome the fluctuation of prices and save the growers and traders from this loss, is to store the potatoes in dehydrated and powdered form. Dehydration is a very convenient and less costlier method of storing of surplus potatoes during the peak season and for the whole of the year. Moreover, as dehydration reduces the weight of the potatoes, they can be transported to the far off corner of the country and abroad at reduced price.
In West Bengal, good quality of potatoes are cultivated throughout the province, specially in the district of Hooghly, Midnapore, Burdwan and Nadia. For the aforesaid reasons this plant is setup in the midest of Hooghly district keeping in mind the potato growing area around it.
At this Export Oriented Production Unit, the proper care has been taken in every step for the hygienic production of the product. So the Factory Shed, Manufacturing Process, Selection of Plant and Machinery , Storing Spaces are choosen in such a way that most economic production comes out in the specified way as per hygienic standard.