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Litchis flood Jamshedpur market

Jamshedpur, May 24: As Jamshedpur is reeling under scorching heat the seasonal fruits have flooded the market.

Mangoes and litchis from different parts of the country are enticing fruit lovers. So, times ahead may be to say goodbye to mango, but still some days are left when the tickling taste buds can be satiated.

Though some boast of having had a good crop this year, others say extreme weather conditions like heat and rain have affected their crops.

Jamshedpur market is flooded with different types of mangoes ranging from Rs 40 Kg to 70 Kg. “Climatic changes have hit the mango production in this belt badly.

Last year, the entire crop was damaged first due to excessive cold and then by rains. Besides, various diseases hit production resulting in poor export,” said Sanjay Trivedi a big mango trader.

As compared to mango, the producers claimed that litchi was more lucrative. “Litchi production is more profitable as compared to mango.

Besides, excessive use of pesticides and insecticides has affected the quality and quanity of mango in the area,” they said.

The vendors are selling litchis at the rate of Rs.70 per kg which were earlier being sold at Rs.60. The prices of other fruits have also increased.

Residents say that prices of fruits are becoming unaffordable for them.

Consumption of selected fruits and vegetables are an integral part of the celebrations however, the prices have forced people to loosen their purse strings.

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