Kundara (Kollam): The season of mangoes is ending and it’s showtime for apples. The apples imported from New Zealand, America and Chile are fast filling the domestic markets.
The retail price is at Rs 200 for a kilo. By August, more apples will arrive from Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. With the season becoming fully fledged, the rates would come down to Rs 80 per kg.
Currently, oranges from Australia and Egypt are on sale in the market. The market retail price is Rs 100 per kg. The not so bitter juicy oranges are on high demand in the market. The traders also expect the orange sale to go up this year.
The orange farms in Kattoli produces high yield in alternate years. The harvest was high in 2016 but it went down in 2017.
Last year, even in the mid-season, the retail sale never went down below Rs 60. This year the farms at Kattoli and Amaravati have produced high yields. So the rates may come down to Rs 40 per kg.
The long season of mango sales are almost getting over. This was the season of native mangoes which happened to be a boon to the traders, with different varieties up for sale.
The varieties from Andhra Pradesh, including Neelam, Sapota-mango, Rumania, are currently on sale. But when the apple season begins, the mangoes will disappear from the markets. The pomegranate which was priced at Rs 200 per kg came down to Rs 80 per kg.
Traders anticipate the sale of bananas in the coming days with the festival of Onam coming up. Currently bananas costs Rs 50 on retail sale.