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Alphonsos available in market at 50% discount

Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 20, 2014
First Published: 00:09 IST(20/5/2014) | Last Updated: 00:11 IST(20/5/2014)

With the European Union banning the import of Alphonso mangoes from the country, you can feast on this variety at `450-500 per tray of 12, half the price, you will have paid otherwise.


This could thus be a moment for you to enjoy the expensive variety, that a common man usually fails to afford, priced as it is at around

`100 for a single piece in normal market conditions.

There is a glut of Alphonos in the market as the European Union has imposed a ban on the variety's import, due to

"We have a lot of the stock of this variety of mangoes and we are selling it at 50% of last year's prices. Its shelf life is limited and our priority is to dispose it as quickly as possible and thus the discount. We hope that people come forward and buy from us," said Lucky Sahni, member Sabzi Mandi Arthiya Association, Sector 26. He has also been the association president.

"There is a glut in the market and we have been forced to slash the prices. Rates may also fall further if buyers stay away," said Tarlochan Singh, another member of the market association.

He added that if the sale did not pick up at the reduced prices, rates will be slashed again and that the traders were incurring a loss.

Import ban

The EU had banned import of mangoes from India beginning May 1, after a large number of shipments from India were found to be contaminated with fruit flies. The EU had issued a statement saying
these flies could cause serious threat to crops being grown in European countries.




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