Pardeep Singh Bali
This Ramzan the Jammu and Kashmir has consumed dates worth over Rs 15 cr, thus giving fillip to the sale of black fruit, besides some other fruits including watermelon and bananas.
The dates are considered to be the most preferred fruits for breaking fast and accordingly its sales and import increases during Ramadan in the Muslim dominated state. President, Parimpora fruit Mandi, Bashir Ahmad Bashir told Newspoint that the black fruit had dominated valley markets and it sales has gone up to Rs.15 crore during the month which he believes is highest during previous many years.
“Dates are the most preferable fruit to break the fast with. Its demand has increased over the years and this Ramadan it was sold upto Rs.15 crores from different markets of the valley. Mostly the good quality dates were sold and it is expected to continue to dominate the valley markets even after Ramadan,” he said. Bashir says that apart from Parimpora fruit mandi, markets including Kokerbazar, Maharaj gunj and some markets in Jammu had also recorded good sale of dates “In these markets, dates were sold worth crores of rupees by the whole sale dealers,” he added.
He said that varieties of dates from gulf , India and Pakistan had dominated the valley markets. “High quality dates were imported from Gulf. Further dates from Middle east were imported from states like Mumbai. Less was imported from LoC due to the quality issues,” President said. As per the traders the foreign dates cost Rs .1200 to 2000 per kilogram as compare to Indian dates that are sold at Rs. 50 to 300 per kilogram.
Apart from dates other fruits including Fuji apple from China and watermelons were also consumed in huge amount in Kashmir. Bashir says that more than two tonnes of Fuji apple that was imported from china was sold in Parimpora mandi on daily basis. More than 20 trucks of bananas were also sold on an average in Kashmir daily during Ramadan, he adds.
Further around 18000 quintals of watermelon was consumed in Kashmir each day during this month. President said that atleast 200-250 truckloads of watermelon reach valley each day. “Each truck carries nine tonnes of watermelon, the same goes to several valley markets every day, the demand has substantially increased due to increased temperature amid Ramadan this year,” he said.