Fazilka kinnow-growing farmers are a worried as their fruit is garnering just half the price this year as compared to the previous year. Traders are offering just Rs 6-8 per kg as compared to Rs 14-16 per kg last year. Tajinder Singh, Deputy Director (Horticulture), said the reason for the low price was a bumper crop of Nagpur oranges, which dissuaded traders from entering the market in Fazilka
“Farmers feel that the kinnow mandi in Abohar is proving to be a bane for them as traders and exporters do not go to the orchards and buy the produce from the mandi at cheaper rates,” Babber told tribuneindia.com.
The bumper kinnow crop is a main reason for the low prices, as yields of 15-20 tons of kinnow per acre have been recorded. As per a report sent by the Horticulture Department to the state government, the Covid pandemic is another reason for the dismal disposal of the fruit.
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