Jackfruit price drops to Rs 30; farmers in distress
Palakkad: Jackfruit is the most popular fruit in villages and cities alike but the production has declined this time. Though tonnes of jackfruits are sent to other states, the farmers get only a meagre amount.
One ton of jackfruit fetches only Rs 7,000. Two years ago, price of a ton of jackfruit was Rs 18,000, the farmers said. When jackfruit is sent to other states, the middlemen get the profit. Many merchants purchase the fruit from hill ranges.
Small scale vendors arrive with vehicles and buy jackfruits for wholesale. They pay Rs 30 for one jackfruit regardless of its size. The price of one jackfruit was Rs 100 two years ago.
Jackfruit is produced more in Ranni and the premises in Pathanamthitta. The fruits are sold to small scale merchants in Erumeli. Wholesale vendors take them to other states.
Biscuit, baby food and similar value added products are made from jackfruit. Farmers said that climate change resulted in low production of jackfruit this time.