Last Sunday, fruit sellers in Kerala alleged that the price of pineapple has gone up as the supply has been affected due to the lockdown and wholesalers have increased the price to Rs 17 per kg which was Rs 13 prior to lockdown.
One roadside fruit pineapple vendor said that this fruit comes from Vazhakkulam and due to the lockdown, the supply has affected which has led the price of pineapple to go up. "The pineapple comes from farmers in different places, especially from Vazhakkulam. The pineapple, which was previously available to us at Rs 13 per kilogram, now costs us Rs 17 per kg due to the lack of supply. If the lockdown continues, the price will go up."
Another seller said that his business was hit as only people who were coming on vehicles were buying the fruit and other than that nobody wants to buy it. He said that he won't be able to stay in this situation for so long. "At present, the daily wage people have been severely affected in all sectors. In our case, few people who are coming on vehicles are the buyers. Other than that, nobody came to buy this. Due to the restrictions of vehicles, the business has been affected badly. We can't go on with this situation much longer."
The lockdown was earlier scheduled to end on April 14 and has been extended till May 3 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
[ Rs 100 = € 1.20 ]