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Heat and hail destroyed litchi, up to Rs 200 a kg in Delhi

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Delhi : Lychee is as beautiful to look at, as sweet to eat. Along with mango, this fruit is also eagerly awaited. The waiting hours are over. Litchi has started reaching the markets of Delhi. Right now litchi is coming from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, which is famous all over the world. Thousands of tonnes of litchi are sent abroad every year from here. However, this time the heat has had a bad effect on the litchi crop. The flowers fell due to the heat. Its effect is also visible in Azadpur Mandi of Delhi.

Less arrival of litchi in Azadpur mandi
Pankaj Chawla, a wholesale trader of litchi, said that litchi is being sold in the market from Rs 80 to Rs 130 per kg. At the same time, consumers are getting litchi for Rs 150 to 200 in the retail market. This year the summer came prematurely, due to which a lot of flowers fell in the beginning. Lychee also needs a little cooler weather. The litchi season of Bihar is from May to June. After that litchi comes from Ramnagar in Uttarakhand in Delhi. Then the litchi of Pathankot reaches Delhi. At present, only 10 to 15 vehicles are coming to the market every day, whereas in the season 50 vehicles used to come daily.

Litchi costlier than last year
Pankaj said that this time the rate is also higher than last year. In 2021, the price of litchi was from Rs 70 to Rs 100 per kg. Pankaj told that the maintenance of litchi has to be done with great care from trees to street vendors. There are a lot of bats in the litchi orchard, which eat litchi. At the same time, after the fruit is removed, it is carefully kept in the boxes. Transport has to be done with care. The fruit has to be given moisture till it reaches the consumers. It is very delicate. If the skin turns black, then buyers are not found soon. Chilled litchi is very tasty, which is liked by many people. The maximum crop of litchi in Bihar is 20 percent. In such a situation, it is not easy to get the expenses from farmers to traders this year.

Litchi business closed after July 15
In Bihar, there were hailstorms at the beginning of the litchi crop. During that time grain formation had started. At the same time, this time the litchi of Uttarakhand and Punjab is also weak. Bihari’s box is coming in 800 to 1500 rupees, which is 20 to 21 kg. It contains 17 to 18 kg of cargo. Litchi of Muzaffarpur runs from May 10 to June 15. Litchi of Ramnagar has started coming in Delhi. From June 15, litchi of Pathankot will also come in the market, which comes till July 15. After that the business of litchi is closed. There was no litchi store. Such a litchi, whose skin turns black, whose grain is broken, which falls from the tree, its juice is also made. Litchi coming to Delhi is also supplied in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. A train coming to Delhi carries 12 to 13 tonnes of litchi. This time the price is higher by Rs 30 to 40 per kg as compared to last year. The crop could not develop in 2021 due to corona. Good stuff this time. – Uday Prakash, litchi businessman

Most Expensive Kolkata Litchi
The most expensive litchi in the market comes from West Bengal. Pankaj Chawla told that a 10 kg box is available for Rs 1700. This litchi is ruddy red and quite sweet. They also come by flights to Delhi, so the cost also increases. Kolkata’s litchi starts coming to Delhi from May 1.

benefits of litchi
This fruit has a lot of water in it. It is a good source of vitamin C, potassium and natural sugar. This gives coolness to the body. The vitamin present in litchi is essential for the formation and digestion of red blood cells. Mineral salts like carbohydrates, vitamin-C, vitamin-A and B complex, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron are found in litchi. Lychee is a good antioxidant. Lychee also contains soluble fiber, which is a good way to reduce obesity.

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