While lemons were already in high demand due to the pandemic, now, with the onset of summer, prices have shot up three-fold over the past 10 days. Market sources say most traders get their stock from the southern Indian states, which also contributes to higher prices during peak season.
“There is high demand for lemon and we also bought it at a higher price. We are selling it for Rs120 to Rs140 per kg compared to about Rs40 some days ago,” a Paldi retailer told ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com.
A shop owner in Vasna said: “We are buying it for Rs80 per kg from the wholesale market and selling it in retail for Rs120 per kg. Customers are complaining about the high prices, but we are helpless as we are also buying it at a higher rate.”
The state’s local produce of lemon is insufficient to meet the demand and so wholesalers get it from the South.
[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]