This Navaratri, sugarcane sales badly affected
Palakkad: Sugarcane has a great demand every Navaratri season. But this time, the COVID crisis has affected sales of sugarcane in Kerala. As the Navaratri celebrations in temples are restricted amid the pandemic, sugarcane farmers and vendors failed to find a good market.
During the past years, around 30 load sugarcane was taken to temples during Navaratri. But this year, only 4 to 5 loads were taken to the temples.
Sugarcane sales was hit in Kulappully, Chalavara and Vaniyamkulam regions in Palakkad. According to sugarcane vendors, they used to get good sales during Mahanavami.
Sugarcane was largely purchased for keeping in front of vehicles and Puja ceremony in offices and houses.
Sugarcane is brought to Kerala from Salem. Wholesale vendors sell a bundle of 20 sugarcane sticks at Rs 500 to 600. A single stick is priced at Rs 40 to 60 in the market.
“Sugarcane market is completely shattered. The continuous rain also poses threat to sales. COVID outbreak had turned a villain during the last festival season also. So, we were planning to overcome the loss during the Navaratri season. But COVID continues to shatter our plans,” complained vendors.