Inadequate rain pushes fruit prices northward

Owing to inadequate rain in Pune district and neighboring districts,the prices of the fruits have gone northwards as its arrival in the Gultekdi market has considerably reduced.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Published: July 17, 2012 1:32 am

Owing to inadequate rain in Pune district and neighboring districts,the prices of the fruits have gone northwards as its arrival in the Gultekdi market has considerably reduced. Fruits like custard apple,guava,papaya and pomegranate that usually flooded the market by this time of the year have registered very less arrival.

According to traders,average arrival of custard apple around this time is usually 20 tonne per day,but it is only five tonnes this year.

“Last year,the price of custard apple was around Rs 10 -70/kg,depending on the quality and size of the fruit. This year,the price have shot up to Rs 30-120/kg. Also,the quality of fruit is not up to the mark this year,” said a vendor at Gultekdi market. The arrival of Papaya has almost gone down by half as compared to last year.

“Last year,the arrival was around 40-50 tonnes per day but this year it’s only around 20-25 tonnes,” said fruit seller Yogesh Kachi.

Workshop on kitchen gardening held

K V Agrotech held a kitchen gardening workshop for Puneites on Sunday.

“The increasing awareness about organic produce have inspired many people to set up kitchen garden at their residence. However,they do not have the knowledge of setting up and maintaining a kitchen garden. So we decided to organise a workshop for them,” said the organisers.

The workshop dealt with sowing and transplanting of seedlings of plants and how to protect them from pests and diseases. During the workshop,participants were also informed about the expenses required to set up a kitchen garden and other details.

The firm is also planning to organise food processing workshops,vegetable and fruits dehydration programmes in the future.

Ganpatrao Chavan felicitated

Ganpatrao Chavan,who retired as superintending engineer (MSEDCL) recently,was fecilitated by Ramchandra Sable,former dean of the Agriculture College and senior agro-meterologist,for his service to the farmer community.

“In his tenure as superintendent engineer in Satara,Chavan succeeded in reducing power thefts from 24 per cent to 15 per cent. The collection of electricity bill was almost doubled from Rs 338 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 636 crore in 2011-12.

Farmers,who used steal electricity,were persuaded to install metres. This helped farmers as the load shedding during the night hours was stopped enabling farmers to carry out timely irrigation in their fields,” said Sable.

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