Price shoots up from Rs.315 to Rs.375 per a lump of 10 kg

The arrivals at the Anakapalle jaggery market, one of the biggest in the country, have been badly affected by the recent torrential rain in the district.

The reduced arrivals along with high local demand because of festival pushed up the price to record prices ranging from Rs.315 to Rs.375 for a lump of 10 kg. However, the arrivals have been meagre. On Saturday last it was a mere 300 lumps and Monday 800. It gradually improved to 5,000 lumps.

The rates were around Rs.290 by the end of October. From the first week of November rain started and peaked by Saturday and Sunday. For 10 days there have been hardly any arrivals. This had resulted in higher prices during the festival season.

But the rains have badly affected production and arrivals at the market, says prominent trader Korukonda Butchiraju.

The arrivals should have been of the order of 1.5 lakh lumps for the first half of the month.

But hardly 10,000 lumps have been received this month so far, he says. The impact could be gauged from the fact that 112 lakh lumps were received between October and December 2011 and in January on the spurt of the festival demand the arrivals went up further.

The arrivals since the fresh season started in September/October have been slow, he observes.

Now with the upcountry demand and local demand on the decline the market is expected to go through a dull phase. The demand for Nagulachaviti, celebrated on a big scale in the rural areas, also came to an end.

With the price ruling high farmers intend to push up the production.

However, traders will be cautious in view of the reduced demand. The demand is again expected to pick up during December and January.


  • ‘The arrivals should have been of the order of 1.5 lakh lumps for the first half of the month’

  • But hardly 10,000 lumps have been received this month so far, says a trader