Retail fruit vendors witness significant drop in demand

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Dec 2017 11:03:34


Business Bureau,

THE retail fruit vendors of the city are unhappy these days as they are facing a sharp drop in demand after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced by the Government in July. Also, last year the fruit vendors suffered heavy losses due to implementation of demonetisation. Business started to pick-up only after a few months, as cash started to trickle into the hands of people. “Demand for fruits has shrunk by upto 50 per cent after the implementation of GST,” said Munna Sau of Dilip Fruit Centre, Sitabuldi while talking to The Hitavada on Sunday.

He said, “Business is not as regular as it should be these days. People have curtailed their spending on fruits. They buy only when it is absolutely necessary or advised by the doctor,” he said. Fruits are sold throughout the year. But, the summer season is considered peak season when mangoes are available. There is good demand for different varieties of mangoes. Similarly, the winter season also sees new produce of fruits coming in the market. Even with a fall in demand the fruit prices have not come down compared to the previous year, he pointed out. The local oranges have suffered production loss and poor quality due to unseasonable rains this year, he said.

He said the rates of fruits in retail as are follows. The oranges are being quoted between Rs 100 and Rs 150 per dozen depending on the quality. Mausambi at Rs 60 per kg, banana at Rs 30 per dozen to Rs 40 per dozen, green apple (imported) at Rs 240 per kg, grapes green Rs 160 per kg, grapes black at Rs 200 to Rs 240 per kg, red (imported) at Rs 400 per kg, plum (imported) Rs 400 per kg, pineapple at Rs 40 per kg to Rs 80 per kg, dragon fruit (imported) Rs 100 per piece, kiwi (imported) at Rs 30 per piece, apple red at Rs 100 to Rs 160 per kg, apple red (imported) at Rs 200 per kg, guava at Rs 80 per kg to Rs 120 per kg, papaya at Rs 30 per kg to Rs 40 per kg, watermelon Rs 30 per kg to Rs 40 per kg, khajur at Rs 60 per kg, pear (imported) Rs 240 per kg, hurda Rs 320 per kg, elaichi banana at Rs 80 per dozen, chikoo at Rs 40 per kg to Rs 80 per kg, imli (imported) Rs 100 per box, custard apple Rs 300 per dozen to Rs 600 per dozen, strawberry at Rs 80 per box and anjeer at Rs 60 per box.

“Fruits are perishable items and if people do not buy them we have to bear heavy losses,” another fruit vendor at Khamla said. Government should do something to help retail fruit vendors by accelerating demand in the market, he added.