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DESERTED: Workers while away time at the Kothapet fruit market. The otherwise bustling market was devoid of any activity due to the truckers’ strike.
DESERTED: Workers while away time at the Kothapet fruit market. The otherwise bustling market was devoid of any activity due to the truckers’ strike.

Staff Reporter

Movement of merchandise to and from the market slows down; no loading or unloading activity

Slackened arrival of mangoes, Mosambi

Export of fruits to other States hit

HYDERABAD: Residential colonies along the National Highway 9 breathed easy due to marked reduction in traffic hassles and pollution levels, thanks to the transporters’ strike that reached its second day on Thursday. Nevertheless, one unit on the highway to be hit adversely by the strike was the fruit market at Kothapet.

Movement of merchandise to and from the market slowed down, though the impact was not visible on the first day of the strike. With slackened arrival of mangoes and Mosambi (sweet lime), the market yard appeared devoid of its usual mounds of fruit and hectic activity of loading and unloading.

“Against the arrival of nine truckloads of mangoes yesterday (Wednesday), there was only one truck and three DCMs today. Only nine truckloads of Mosambi arrived today against the 125 truckloads three days ago and 37 truckloads yesterday,” said G. Vishwanatham, selection grade secretary of the Gaddi Annaram Agricultural Market Committee.

Wholesale prices up

There were also spin-offs in terms of wholesale price, what with the rate of mangoes going up from Rs. 12,000 per tonne to Rs. 20,000 per tonne. In case of Mosambi, the range of price hike was from Rs. 3,000-Rs. 9,000 per tonne to Rs. 5,000-Rs. 11,000 per tonne. However, the secretary says that the price rise will not hit the local markets as of now. “The fruit market is largely export-oriented and hence, the local consumption will remain more or less the same. Local markets may experience scarcity of fruits such as apples arriving from far off places, but that will take some time,” he says.

Though exports to other States such as Gujarat, Delhi and Maharashtra were affected to a great extent, there was no reason for immediate panic as the fruits were yet unripe and have not begun to rot. Besides, a few truck operators and associations chose to defy the strike call.

Cold storage

“We are disposing of the commodities in the local markets to the extent possible. But if the strike prolongs, the situation is sure to go out of control,” Riyazuddin, a trader in pomegranates told. Cold storage was available in the market only for perishable commodities from long distance, and not for local produce, he said.


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