Heavy demand for tender coconut water

Heavy demand for tender coconut water
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Relentless heat waves prevailing in the state has become a boon in disguise for coconut farmers as well as for small vendors in the present summer. As the mercury is rising steeply, people are resorting to consuming tender coconut water to get relief from the scorching heat. Coconut farmers are now earning handsome money by selling tender coconuts in large scale.

Rajamahendravaram: Relentless heat waves prevailing in the state has become a boon in disguise for coconut farmers as well as for small vendors in the present summer. As the mercury is rising steeply, people are resorting to consuming tender coconut water to get relief from the scorching heat. Coconut farmers are now earning handsome money by selling tender coconuts in large scale.

They are getting Rs 10,000 from Rs 12,000 per thousand coconuts. On the other side, small vendors who were selling seasonal fruits on two wheelers and carts are now busy in selling tender coconuts and earning Rs 500 from Rs 1,000 per day. As the consumption has increased rapidly due to the health consciousness among the people, the demand for tender coconuts has increased significantly.

The price of the coconut is rising up to Rs 15,000 per thousand coconuts and the roadside vendors are selling each tender coconut for Rs 20. Still, people are not backing off from drinking coconut water. In the cities like Rajamahendravaram and Kakinada, coconuts are available from afternoon due to high demand.

Madisi Apppa Rao, small vendor at Kambala tank in Rajamahendravaram who sell seasonal fruits round the year is now getting some good money by selling tender coconuts. He said that he used to earn Rs 200 to Rs 300 per day during normal days and added that he is earning from Rs 700 to Rs 1,000 per day.

But, he said that it getting difficult to get more coconuts due to the rising demand and he is selling only two top three hundred coconuts per day. Anyhow, he is happy that he is earning handsome money in this summer even though it is difficult to sell coconuts by standing whole day in the scorching heat.

Venkata Rao, a coconut farmer from Burugupudi village near Rajamahendravaram is also earning good money this season. He mentioned that he is happier that he doesn’t need workers to pluck coconuts as vendors are coming directly to the plantations and taking coconuts.

By Samson Raj

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