With arrival of the Bangla month of Jyeshtha, commonly known as the ‘Honey Month’, lychees have appeared in the local markets of the region, including the ones in Rajshahi city, but their pricing is exorbitant. Due to a low supply of the seasonal fruit, the present price is beyond the purchasing capacity of the common people.
Local sources said that many seasonal traders have set up makeshift shops at different points, particularly at Shaheb Bazar, Bindurmore, Lakshmipur Bazar, Sheroil Bus Terminal, Railway Station and Court Bazar, displaying the fruit.
At the start of the season, the fruit is being sold at Tk300 to 420 (€3.16-4.43) per 100 fruits, based on quality and size. But sales are not bad despite the high price, as affluent people are purchasing the costly fruit.
The sellers said the price is now high as supply is scanty, but it will be reduced when harvesting of the fruit increases within the next couple of days.