The turmoil in Afghanistan following the Taliban‘s capture of Kabul has impacted the dried fruit business in Jammu. Imports of figs, almonds, pistachios, and apricots have been interrupted, leading prices to soar in Jammu.
Pistachio prices have risen by Rs 600 per kg, while Afghan almond and raisins prices have climbed by Rs 350 per kg. The price of figs has increased by Rs 400.
Traders argue that the rise in dry fruit prices has resulted in considerable financial losses. In addition, they reported a drop in dry fruit sales the prior week.
“Because of the present situation in Afghanistan, supplies have been significantly disrupted. As a result, dried fruit costs have skyrocketed. Our consumers are baffled by the situation. We are losing business as the festival season approaches,” said Shanti Gupta, owner of a dry fruit shop in Jammu.
“I’m an elderly person. I buy dried fruits on a daily basis. They work as immune enhancers. However, dried fruit costs are currently rising. “It has become really tough for the common guy to afford dry fruits,” claimed a shopper outside a Jammu dry fruit shop.
Traders made a lot of money during the Covid-19 epidemic because dried products like figs were in high demand. However, sales have decreased as a result of price increases.
Jyoti Gupta, President of Jammu Dry Fruit Retail Traders’ Association, told India Today that if the situation in Afghanistan remains unpredictable, dry fruit prices may rise further.
“We sustained significant losses as a result of the shutdown.” Now, the situation in Afghanistan has further exacerbated our predicament,” Jyoti Gupta added.
(Content – India Today)