Fruit is becoming more expensive, but vegetables and flowers remain pocket-friendly

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Fruit prices rose in the city ahead of Ugadi and the start of Ramzan.

Vegetables, on the other hand, remain affordable because of the oversupply. Flower prices have also remained low due to low demand.

Fruit vendors cheer as the Ugadi harvest festival coincides with the start of Ramzan. Ugadi is on Saturday while Ramzan starts on Sunday or Monday in most parts of India depending on moon sighting.

Govindaraju, a fruit vendor at Electronics City’s wholesale market, expects fruit prices to keep rising through the weekend. Seasonal fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe are in particular demand, he added.

Greengrocers are not so lucky. Last year’s long monsoon and intermittent rains this year have resulted in record yields in Karnataka and neighboring states, leading to a supply glut, traders in Kalasipalya say. Tomatoes are particularly cheap, retailing at just Rs 10 or even less per kilogram.

Flower prices have also remained stable despite Ugadi, mainly because of the low
Requirement.

Flowers like jasmine were selling for Rs 400-500 per kg at KR market on Thursday. Crossandra (Kanakambara) cost Rs 200-300 per kg and increased by Rs 80 per kg.

Only Sevanthige (Chrysanthemum) was slightly more expensive at Rs 160 per kg.

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