After the end of Eid festivities, the apple markets both within and outside the state has recovered from the glut. In the wake of steep fall in the market during the past fortnight, growers had stored apple produce in cold stores and stopped apple plucking.
In Azadpur Sabzi Mandi of Delhi, rates were dropped from 30% to 20%, but now it had begun to increase, said Rajender Kumar Sharma, chairman, agricultural produce market committee (APMC), Azadpur.
“The apple market has recovered from the glut of apple and growers are being paid good prices for their produce now,” said Sharma.
Terming imported apple as a big challenge, he said imported apple was one of the reasons for price slump but it would not affect the market during this season.
Shimla Fruit Growers Association president Sanjeev Chauhan said the rates in the Dhali market in Shimla had been good for the past three-four days.
“The apple season is in full bloom now and growers are getting good price for quality fruits,” he said. Growers of Shimla districts had kept their produce in cold stores in the wake of low price, he added.
In Dhali fruit mandi, 2.38 lakh apple boxes arrived during last week, said secretary APMC Shimla-Kinnaur Anil Chauhan.
“Nearly 8 lakh boxes were arrived up to August 11 in the Bhattakufar market,” he said. Further elaborating on prices, he said in the start of last week, prices were low but recovered in weekends and increased by 15-20%.
Nearly 4.62 lakh boxes had arrived last week and a total of 15.38 lakh boxes had arrived up to August 11 in the fruit market yard, Bhattakufar, of Shimla, he added.
Apple export from the state to other fruit markets of the country was on the top as compared to the past two years.
In 2011-12, apple export to the market outside the state was 27.96 lakh boxes up to August 12; in 2012-13 it was 25.7 lakh boxes, while in 2013-14 nearly 74.61 lakh boxes were exported up to August 12 to the markets outside the state.
In 2011-12, when the state saw a bumper crop, export up to August 12 was 80,96,028 boxes.
The average export was nearly 3 lakh boxes per day, though earlier export rate was high but after rate slump export also came down, that helped market to recover, said state marketing officer of the horticulture department Daulat Ram.