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Prices of dry fruits shoot up

Prices of dry fruits shoot up
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Sale of dry fruits shots up as the month of Ramzan comes to end by next week. Wholesale and retail business of the dry fruits is taking first position in the last week of Ramzan as usual. However, the prices of the dry fruits are slightly high this time. The wholesale market for dry fruits, Begum Bazar, remains the major business activity centre as usual.

Charminar: Sale of dry fruits shots up as the month of Ramzan comes to end by next week. Wholesale and retail business of the dry fruits is taking first position in the last week of Ramzan as usual. However, the prices of the dry fruits are slightly high this time. The wholesale market for dry fruits, Begum Bazar, remains the major business activity centre as usual.

In fact, the sale of dry fruits goes up from the day Ramzan commences but during the last week it increases further. Dry fruits are used for the different recopies of Eid which falls on the last day of Ramzan.

Almonds, Cashew Nuts, Apricot, Chestnut, and Cantaloupe Seeds besides Dates are the most sold items during the season. Businessmen of Begumbazar said that the imports of Dates and dry fruits have increased. Cashew Nuts are sold at Rs 780 to Rs 1200 per kg based on the quality. Similarly, Almonds are Rs 700 to Rs 2800 per kg, Pistachio at Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,800 per kg and like that.

These are the wholesale rates of some of the dry fruits and retailers sold at relatively higher prices. Most of the people turn up to Begum Bazar to purchase the dry fruits at bulk rates. Apart from Begum Bazar the other markets are at Khilwat, Chowk and Bada Bazar besides Shali Banda in Old City. M D Farooq from Misri Gunj said that he purchases the recopies of sweets along with dry fruits from Begum Bazar or Afzal Gunj every year. He said, “The prices are relatively high this time but wholesale rates are affordable.”

Most of sweet dishes like Shahi Tukde, Qubani Ka Meetha, Kheer, Fruit Salad and others besides Sheer Khurma are the popular sweets in Hyderabad and need dry fruits for making. Generally, the purchasing of sweet ingredients picks up during the last week of Ramzan, said Afroz Ahmed of Dabeerpura. He said that some people purchase the required groceries along with other necessary things in the beginning, but most people prefer to shop during last week.

A Kunal, businessman from Begum Bazar, said that prices are increased based on the import rates they incur. He said, “The rates are slightly high this time but it is purely based on what we incur. Some items are imported from other countries and some are available in other states.” The buzz at the Begumbazar would remain for the one week until the Eid.

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