Kashmir Valley markets witness rush as people stock up on dates

Markets across the Kashmir Valley witnessed a good rush on Thursday with the beginning of the month of Ramadan, while people were busy stocking up on fruits and dates. Sajad Ahmad, a Srinagar resident told that breaking the fast with dates is allowed and in this period, Muslims across the world consume dates in large quantities.

Parvez Ahmad, a wholesale and retail dealer of dates in Srinagar said this year they have 50 to 60 varieties of dates on display, mostly Saudi dates. “The prices of dates range from Rs 250 to Rs 1,500 per kg, and the majority of the dates in the market are from Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding, “We also have dates from other countries.”

Parvez said there is a steep hike in rates compared to last year but that they are anticipating good sales as the festival progresses.

[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]

Source: kashmirpatriot.com

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