Price of Palayamkodan banana nosedives to Rs 10 per kilogram
Koduvayur (Palakkad): Normally, the price of banana shoots up during Vishu season. But the coronavirus outbreak affected the bananas also and the price nosedived. Palayamkodan banana fetched only Rs 10 per kilogram in a wholesale market here this season. Last year, the price was Rs 25-30 per kilogram during the same time.
Banana is an essential item in preparing the Vishukkani. Wholesale price of banana is Rs 25 per kilogram and retail price Rs 30. Nenthran banana, Njalipoovan banana and Robusta also cost Rs 20 as wholesale and Rs 25 as retail, said a merchant in Koduvayur.
Bananas were sold for double this price last year. Bananas are brought to Koduvayur from places like Trichy and Thoothukudi. Normally, retail sellers rush to purchase bananas ahead of Vishu. But this time, markets are empty. Though bananas are ripe, nobody comes to buy them.