Murukan’s ‘nungu’ business goes digital amid Covid-19
Palakkad: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic almost all businesses have gone online, so did the palm fruit or ‘nungu’ trade.
One fruit costs Rs.8. So if you pay Rs 10 and are afraid of collecting back the balance due to Covid, you can pay online if you are buying from Murukan.
Tamil Nadu Tenkasi native Murukan has introduced ‘PhonePe’ digital transaction system for his palm fruit sale. “When the world had gone online, why not?” asks Murukan.
The 33-year-old vendor has been selling palm fruit for the past six years. He arrives in Palakkad during the summer season and sells the palm fruit in different parts of the city.
Usually the sale is good, but this year Covid played villain. As the sale dipped due to Covid scare, Murukan decided to go for digital payments.
His friends in Coimbatore had adopted digital payments earlier. Though first, the technicalities were a bit difficult for Murukan, with the help of friends he slowly grasped it.
Now he uses the QR code scanning method for payments. For this, he has displayed the QR code on his two wheeler. In the last month, Murukan earned Rs 4,000 via digital payment alone.
He uses a knife to separate the pulp from the outer shell and serve to customers. “I try my maximum to abide by Covid protocol,” he said.