Lemon prices are skyrocketing all over Andhra Pradesh as more people are consuming them for their vitamin C, hoping to build immunity against Covid-19. Unfortunately, the yield of lemons in the state has been poor. As a result, their prices have gone up between Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 4,500 per 45-kg bag in wholesale market. Traders say prices of the fruit will remain high for a month.
Sources said that lemon crops are cultivated on more than 24,000 ha, mostly in Nellore, West Godavari and Prakasam districts. Owing to cyclones and floods occurring thrice last year, the lemon crop was damaged in the flowering stage. Currently, most of the crop is in the growth stage. By the time it comes to harvest, it may be the third week of May.
[ Rs. 100 = €1.10 ]