Ramadan brings bumper sale of dates in Valley

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, July 13: With the advent of Ramadan Kashmir markets are witnessing a surge in sale of dates.
 According to the traders, there is boom in demand that hopefully will continue for the month.
 Dates are usually imported to Kashmir from different parts of India and also from Pakistan through Muzaffarabad road. Experts peg the total imports of dates for Ramadan at Rs 10 crore in Kashmir.
 “Dates are traditionally considered a must item on everyone’s dining table to break the fast. So people take lot of care while choosing the quality of the fruit,” President, Parimpora Fruit Mandi, Bashir Ahmad said.
 Ahmad said that imported dates are received at Parimpora fruit Mandi, Maharaja Bazaar and Koker bazaar. “We have observed that dates worth Rs 5 crore to Rs 6 crore are being imported to Parimpora Mandi alone during the month of Ramadan,” he said.
 The retail merchants, the street vendors and cart pushers also keep a wide variety of dates.
 Sajad Ahmad, a retailer is a busy man these days. He sits in the middle of dates showcased in his stall at Soura Chowk, here.
 Buyers throng his kiosks to get the taste of season’s biggest fruit draw: dates. With the holy month of Ramadan on, dates sell like hotcakes.
 “Dates are the lifeblood of Ramadan,” he said.
 “We have stocked all kinds of dates for the holy month,” he said.
 “Dates are the most sold out fruit in Ramadan. It makes business sense to sell dates,” Imran Ahmed, a street vendor said.
 Ahmed sells fruits like bananas and watermelon in usual days but switches to dates in Ramadan.
 He earns up to Rs 500 now and hopes that his earning will go up in coming days.
 Prices of dates range from Rs 50 to Rs 300 per kilogram.
 “Dates are cheaper as compared to other fruits and therefore even poor people can afford it,” they explain.
 “The wide range of variety offers convenient choices. From poor to rich, everybody can afford dates depending upon one’s economic condition.”
  Many customers purchase the dates only from specific traders or locations.
  “I always prefer to purchase dates in Lal Chowk, which is a commercial hub, as there you can find a wide range of variety including those imported from Saudi Arabia. Besides, the rates remain affordable,” said Ajaz Ahmad.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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