- Corona has increased demand for turmeric
- Goods not being exported due to lack of flights
- Farmers were also harmed along with traders
Corona virus has started to affect exports. In particular, exports of fruits and vegetables have come down by 50 to 60 per cent as air flights in most countries have been canceled. Fruits and vegetables spoil quickly, so they are sent by air.
APMC Market, the country’s largest center for export of perishable food, ie vegetable and fruit, is a silent shadow these days in Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Center for small exporters. Everyday, where goods from 9 to 10 exporters were packed, today only one or two packing is being done here. Where there was around 25 tonnes of fruit and vegetable packing daily, which has reduced to around 5 tonnes.
This has happened in many countries due to the closure of flights due to Corona. Fruits and vegetables spoil quickly, so it is advisable to send by air only.
Rajesh Gupta of Fresh Export, a firm that exports vegetables and fruits by air in the Middle East, says the demand for turmeric has increased due to the corona, but most of the flights have stopped exports. Farmers have to bear the brunt of this.
There are avenues to protect people from Corona, but it is difficult to save the market. By the time we can overcome this disease and its fear, the total loss will have been done, it cannot be guessed.