Fruit prices are rising due to the rise in gasoline and diesel in Varanasi

Newsroom, Amar Ujala, Varanasi

Published by: Geetarjuna Gautam
Updated Tue July 20, 2021 12:18 PM IST

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Just as diesel prices have risen, prices for apples, pomegranates, bananas and papayas have risen two to three times compared to the previous year. The trucks, which used to carry 70 to 75 rupees per 10 kg, now charge 120 to 150 rupees.

Fruits planted in Pahadiya Mandi.
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In Varanasi, the effects of the petroleum product price increase are now beginning to affect fruit prices as well. The prices for fruit have risen by two to two and a half times. The most expensive fruits come from abroad. Foreign apples are twice as expensive as domestic apples. The fruits come from Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand in the largest market of Purvanchal.There are also many exotic apples here. Coming from New Zealand, America, France, Turkey, China, etc. Fruit dealer Narayan Prasad said the prices of apples, pomegranates, bananas and papayas rose two to three times as diesel prices rose year over year. The trucks, which used to carry 70 to 75 rupees per 10 kg, now charge 120 to 150 rupees.

Which has a direct impact on fruit prices. Krishna Kumar Sonkar, president of the Progressive Fruit Vegetable Business Committee, said that the fruit crate that used to be available for 1,500 to 2,000 thousand rupees is now getting three to four thousand rupees. The apples, which used to get 100 kg, are now sold for 220 rupees per kg. Along with this, foreign apples get Rs 400 per kg.

China’s Fuji apple will continue to be sold after the ban

Even after the ban, Chinese apples, popularly known as Fuji, are traded indiscriminately in the city today. These apples reach Pahariya Mandi secretly on the street. From here it is delivered to the city’s shops and stalls. Strict measures are required by the market committee, but the effect is not visible.Dr. CB Singh, General Manager, APEDA said the chemical used to ripen apples is harmful to the skin. In such a situation, the Indian government banned the import of Fuji apples. Mandi Committee Secretary DK Verma said that if an apple or other agricultural product is found in the Pahariya market area, even after the ban, strict measures will be taken against the trader concerned. If you are caught selling Fuji apples, your license will also be revoked.

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In Varanasi, the effects of the petroleum product price increase are now beginning to affect fruit prices as well. The prices for fruit have risen by two to two and a half times. The most expensive fruits come from abroad. Foreign apples are twice as expensive as domestic apples. The fruits come from Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand in the largest market of Purvanchal.

There are also many exotic apples here. Coming from New Zealand, America, France, Turkey, China, etc. Fruit dealer Narayan Prasad said the prices of apples, pomegranates, bananas and papayas rose two to three times as diesel prices rose year over year. The trucks, which used to carry 70 to 75 rupees per 10 kg, now charge 120 to 150 rupees.

Which has a direct impact on fruit prices. Krishna Kumar Sonkar, president of the Progressive Fruit Vegetable Business Committee, said that the fruit crate that used to be available for 1,500 to 2,000 thousand rupees is now getting three to four thousand rupees. The apples, which used to get 100 kg, are now sold for 220 rupees per kg. Along with this, foreign apples get Rs 400 per kg.

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( News Source – Amar Ujala )

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