Papaya is King of Fruits, thanks to Dengue Fever
Karukachal: Fruit markets in the state are riding high following the widespread fever outbreak.
Propaganda unleashed in the social media that eating papaya will increase blood platelets that comes down due to fever, is the reason for the surge in demand for fruits.
Papaya, which had few customers till now, has become the star of the market. The fruit reaches the state from Bengaluru.
The price of papaya, which was Rs 20 to 30, has now sky rocketed to Rs 50 to Rs 60 at some places.
Merchants say that the demand for pomegranate and sapote have also increased compared to last year.
After papaya, the biggest demand is for pomegranate. The main reason for the rise in customers for pomegranate is the decrease in its prices and more production of the fruit.
Pomegranate, which was sold for more than Rs 150 earlier, is now being sold for Rs 80 to Rs 100.
This year, rambutan prices also came down. However, merchants say that there are few customers for the fruit despite the low price.
Rambutan, which cost Rs 280 in previous years, is now available at Rs 100 to Rs 120 per kg this season.
The reason for the decrease in rambutan prices is that the fruit, which is exotic, has become available aplenty in the state.
Farmers are getting a paltry amount of Rs 50 to Rs 70 for the fruit.
As the rains have intensified, the fruit rotten after water enters it through the peel.