The incessant rains in the last couple of days have hit the pineapple traders of Lower Assam’s Dhubri district. Rains have also severely affected the pineapple traders from Meghalaya’s Chibinang, about 90 km from the Tura. Chibinang has always been famous for the pineapple trade. It has been producing the fruit for decades now and the traders wait for three months when they move to neighbouring villages and buy the fruits from the locals.
Ananta Paul, a local trader of Asharikandi area of Dhubri district said, “We wait every year for this time to come as it means the pineapple season. We already have contacted the local growers and traders as well of Meghalaya’s Chibinang, whose products we buy every year and bring it to Dhubri and Gauripur through river Brahmaputra for selling in local markets of the Dhubri district and its adjoining area.”
But, as it has been raining for the last couple of days in these areas, the prices of the pineapple in local market has gone down as the local vendors do not want to purchase the fruit any more.
The wholesale price of pineapples at Chibinang is about Rs. 15,000-17,000 per thousand and after transporting through boat to Dhubri, its price goes up to about Rs 18,000-20,000 per thousand.
[ Rs.100 = €1.28 ]