Sunday , February 18 2018

Telangana: Fruit prices soar on eve of Shivaratri

Fewer arrivals are from other States and depleting fruit production in Telangana State are the main causes.

Tajuddin, a major fruit dealer at the Kothapet fruit market, says apples have gone up by 35 percent because of fewer arrivals from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Hyderabad: The rates of fruits have gone up on the eve of Shivaratri, the main Hindu festival, as devout Hindus break their fast with fruits on Shivaratri day. Rarer arrivals from other States and reducing fruit production in Telangana State are the major causes for prices shooting up, according to fruit traders.

Fruits come into TS from Karnataka, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir, apart from those trades in from other countries through Mumbai and Chennai.

“There is a 10 to 15 percent rise in the worth of fruits compared to last year. This is due to fewer arrivals from other states,’ said Suresh, a fruit dealer in Secunderabad.

Tajuddin, a foremost fruit dealer at the Kothapet fruit market, says apples have gone up by 35 percent due to fewer arrivals from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Fruit Cost

“Apple costs have gone up while oranges have crashed due to the glut in the bazaar. Unlike the previous year, smaller sized oranges are flooding the market.

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In wholesale, we sell oranges at Rs 1 to Rs 2 per fruit. Vendors sell it at Rs 5. Price depends on quality. A lot of trade in apples is flooding the market. They have a longer shelf life,” he described

V. Madhusudhan, deputy director, Telangana Horticulture Department, supposed about 30 lakh tons of all varieties of fruits are full-fledged in the State annually on 3.2 lakh hectares. “Hyderabad and its surrounds were once famous for grapes but the area has now depleted drastically. We now get grapes and other fruits from Maharashtra and from other states. The price depends on demand and supply. Prices of fruits vary when it comes from outside as transportation, handling and storage costs go up,” he held.

Malls alike Heritage Fresh, Big Basket and others have their own system and prices are fixed, unlike in the open market.

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