Delhi Dried Fruit Prices Soar As Afghan Crisis Takes Cost | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: This Diwali, prepare to pay more for dried fruits, which are widely offered during the festivities. Due to the negative impact of trade with Afghanistan, dried fruits are scarce on the wholesale market. Although traders have taken alternative arrangements to close the gap, this has led to an estimated 40% increase in wholesale rates.
Dried fruits like raisins, figs, apricots, Kishori pistachio, licorice and Gurbandi almonds saw a sharp rise in prices. For example, the price of almonds has increased by Rs 150 per kg, while the prices of Kagzi almonds have increased by over Rs 300 per kg.
When TOI spoke with traders in Khari Baoli, Old Delhi’s wholesale dried fruit market, they said the main reason for the increase in dried fruit prices was the stoppage of the supply of goods. from Afghanistan, disruption of the growth of raisins and figs, lack of communication from suppliers and sudden shortage of containers.
Suresh Bhargava, member of Khari Baoli Sarva Vyapar Mahasangh (KBSVM), said the old supplies were arriving, but at a very slow pace via Iran. “Due to import / export restrictions via Pakistan, the pressure has increased on us. We assume that supply will improve as it approaches or after the festivities, which is why rates will remain high. We will be forced to source our supplies from neighboring states, but things will take time to normalize, ”he added.
The rate of Afghan raisins went from Rs 600 to Rs 750, Kishori pistachio from around Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,100, apricot from Rs 400 to Rs 550, Gurbandi badam from Rs 700 to Rs 850 and the Kagzi almonds from Rs 1,600 to Rs 1,900.
The traders said they were talking with the Center to intervene and help with a steady supply of items from Afghanistan.
“Over the past month, there has been a severe disruption in the supply of goods from Kabul to India, resulting in a shortage of almonds, raisins, figs and raisins, among other dried fruits. During Rakshabandhan this year, we ran into problems due to a shortage of Kishori pista, which is mainly used in candy for decoration. If a third wave of Covid-19 does not occur, people will start to come to the markets and a sharp rise in prices will be expected, ”said Vijay Gupta, a dried fruit trader.
Rishi Mangla, President of KBSVM, said: “Due to existing issues, we cannot trust suppliers from other countries to make advance payments for wholesale supply ahead of the festivities. Many of us were dealing with suppliers from the Sikh community that has worked in Afghan markets for decades. But many of them have now returned to India.

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