The COVID-driven demand is driving up the prices for sweet lime

A ton that raised £ 4,000 last year now has £ 70,000 to £ 1.10

With the spread of the news that vitamin C, zinc, and protein are required to build and maintain immunity, people are struggling in the markets to buy citrus fruits, which in turn drives up prices.

For one thing, the price of sweet lime (Mozambi) has increased tenfold, which makes the growers in Anantapur happier. While a ton grossed just £ 4,000 during last year’s lockdown, forcing many farmers to stop growing the crop, this year the amount ranges from £ 70,000 to £ 1.10, depending on size and quality.

D. Ramudu, a farmer from Mukundapuram in Garladinne Mandal, who received five tons for every three acres in the first harvest (February to June), has sent his produce to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, where demand is high. Demand is increasing in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and other northern and western states where the spread of the virus is more widespread.

A trader has rented a truck that pays £ 1 lakh freight costs and loaded it with fruit, some of which came from Ramudu’s farm and the rest from the Anantapur agricultural market.

Ramudu remembers how disappointed he was not to have found buyers for the products in the past year. He couldn’t sell more than 10 out of 21 tons at an average of 6,000 pounds per ton.

Anantapur deputy director of horticulture Gatti Satish Kumar said The Hindu This sweet lime was grown on 53,000 hectares in the district. The sandy red and black soils found here were conducive to the growth of the crop as it requires soils in which there is no water stagnation.

Demand in Anantapur is high, partly because crops in the Nalgonda, Mahboobnagar, Kadapa and Prakasam districts failed due to heavy rains in the late monsoons that affected the current season’s flowering, he said.

“The advantage of this crop is that it can be picked anytime within three months once the fruit is ready on the plants,” he added.

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