Kashmiri apples are set to become more expensive as the supply of one of the most sought-after fruits has dipped by around 40 percent. The crops this year were damaged due to a reduction in the number of times fungicide and other chemicals are sprayed.
The lockdown has left a severe impact on the annual trade of Kashmiri apples as the crop growers could not fungicide adequate number of times due to unavailability of labourers, leaving the crops damaged.
Taushik Ahmad of Abasi Traders from Kashmir said that this is the second consecutive year when they are staring at a huge loss. “Last year, the excess snowfall damaged the crops, and this year, the sudden lockdown affected the yield,” said Ahmad. He added that the quality is substandard and they will not get a good price this year.
Freepressjournal.in reports that even at the Mumbai Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi, the fruit is available at minimum Rs 80 to 90 per kg. However, the premium quality is going up to Rs 200 to 250 per kg in the wholesale. The retail price of any kind of apple is not less than Rs 130 per kg. “There is a dip of 30 to 40% in the supply of apples and the quality is also not good,” said Sanjay Pansare, director of the Fruits Market in APMC Vashi.
[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]