Fruit price rise in Kashmir, 23 october 2023 cover story

Fruit Price Rise in Kashmir
News Kashmir Analysis
Fruits are a very vital  part of diet. They are essential segment of diet important for good health. The expert pulse is that Fruits are a good source of vitamins and minerals, recognized for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who incorporate fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.
In Kashmir valley the people in many parts are unable to take quality fruits due to their price hikes . The all important fruits are priced at very high rates beyond the reach of common man.
We take a detailed look at the overwll market scenario.  Kiwi contains abundant amounts of Vitamin C, which stimulates the body’s immune response. In fact, the kiwifruit contains roughly 230% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.
In  Kashmir at most of the fruit shops the quality Kiwis are priced at rs 50 rupees one piece, which is very taxing for a common man.
Banana is among widely 0 popular fruits of world and highly popular in Kashmir too. In Kashmir a single piece of Banana now cost rs 10 which amounts to rs 120 a dozen quite expensive from previous times. We need to bear in mind Bananas contain a number of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B6: A medium banana gives you about a quarter of the vitamin B6 you should get each day. It helps with metabolism. And it plays an important role in brain development during pregnancy and infancy, as well as immune system health.
Watermelon is one of the widely used fruit in Kashmir especially in the fasting month of Ramadan. As a matter of fact, Watermelon is rich in an amino acid called citrulline that may help move blood through your body and can lower your blood pressure. Your heart also enjoys the perks of all the lycopene watermelon contains. Studies show that it may lower your risk of heart attacks.
This time the current price of watermelon is ranging from rs 60 to rs 70 in Kashmir per kg and single ball of watermelon  costs from  rs 350 to 400.
Although due to bulk production often Apple is available at cheaper Price.
Syed Irfan Hashmi, a consumer observed that fruits esential part of every diet. He  states :”  Due to varied reasons the prices of all most all the important fruits in Kashmir are on higher side. The hope is that with improvement of transportation and logistics the fruit prices in Kashmir would in future times come down. Throughout the world climate Change is also hamppering   fruit production and it needs to be looked into. Fruit at affordable price is must.”
The hope is fruit prices in Kashmir would be affordable in coming  times.