Jackfruit is the VIP in market this season
Vazhakulam (Ernakulam): Jackfruit market has been rejuvenated this season, says people who has been in this trade for years. The demand has increased in the urban areas. The flat-centered sales also have had a boost.
Thodupuzha Kaithakkod native Shinto George, who is in jackfruit trade for 14 years, said that the demand for jackfruit has not dropped in this season. Usually, the jackfruit price goes down in April and May.
Shinto collects tons of jackfruits from nearby districts in the seasons. Production in Idukki district is rather high, and so is the case with Erumeli, Mundakkayam and Pathanamthitta. More customers are from Kollam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam.
About 120 jackfruits were collected from one tree in Cheruthoni in Idukki. After 15 days, it can be harvested again. A jackfruit tree can be harvested four times. 100 jackfruits can be sold nowadays whereas it was mere 50 in the older days, said the sellers.
Shinto collects jackfruits directly from house compounds. The farmers used to get Rs 50 per one jackfruit earlier. Since the tender jackfruit season has passed, they collect jackfruits for Rs 20 now. When jackfruits are put for sale along the highways, many people stop their vehicle to buy jackfruit.
Jackfruits is collected on an industrial scale from Okkal in Kalady and send them to other states. High demand arises from Delhi, Kolkata and Agra. People ask for ripe jackfruits in Kerala, whereas rather raw fruits that has not turned yellow should be sent to other states. It takes about 60 hours to take the load to Delhi, so it is difficult to send ripe fruits.
The farmers’ shop run by Infarm in Vazhakkulam buys jackfruits from farmers for Rs 80 per one jackfruit. Jose Edapatt, Infarm state convener and in-charge of farmers’ market, said that they sell the fruits taking a very meager margin.