Imported fruit sales down as Bangladesh consumers opt for seasonal produce

A wide variety of summer fruits, including mangoes, blackberries, jackfruits and litchis, has flooded the fruit markets of the capital of Bangladesh. The sale of imported fruits has fallen in Dhaka as consumers opt for delicious domestic fruits. The latter are both cheaper and abundantly available, traders have said.

One consumer stated: "I have given up buying imported fruits — apples and oranges – due to their high price. A kg of apples costs more than Tk200, whereas more than two kg of mangoes are available at the same price, and it's nutritious too. In fact, seasonal fruits are one of the main sources of nutrition for low-income people. It gives us relief.”

Effectively, imported fruit sales have almost halved as customers are purchasing domestic fruits more. At present, mangoes top the list of newly arrived seasonal fruits in the capital's wholesale and retail markets, in terms of demand, sales and supply.

The Himsagar variety of mangoes sells for Tk70-100 per kg, Langra Tk80, Gobindobhog Tk80 and Gopalbhog Tk90 a kg at various fruit markets in Moghbazar, Karwanbazar, Segunbagicha and Hatirpool.

[ Tk100 = €0.87 ]


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