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Bangladesh fruit imports up; pandemic drives demand

For Bangladesh, the import of fruits, particularly oranges, kinnows and apples, has increased amid the pandemic. The harvest season is underway for local fruits such as mango, jackfruit and lychee, which are widely available in the markets. Still, there is also a growing demand for kinnows, apples, oranges and grapes.

Sales of fruits in retail markets across the country have shot up too. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, citrus fruits are in great demand not only in Bangladesh but also around the world as people tend to consume more fruits in a bid to boost their immunity.

According to the customs department, a total of 213,106 tonnes of kinnows, apples, oranges, grapes and pears were imported between January and June. The quantity of imported fruits is 19.18 percent higher than in the same period last year, while the value of imported fruits rose by 23.37 percent.

The demand for oranges, apples and kinnows has slightly dropped since June, as local fruits, such as mango and jackfruit, are in season, according to Towhidul Islam, general secretary of Bangladesh Fresh Fruit Importers Association. But the sales of oranges, apples and kinnow were high until June.


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