ramzan: the sale of dates during Ramzan drops by 60%, juicy fruits are more in demand | Pune News

Pune: The sale of dates in the city dropped by 60% during the holy month of Ramzan due to the intense summer heat.
Ramzan offers people from all walks of life the opportunity to taste different types of dates, such as kalmi and ajwah from Medina, medjool from Tunisia, sukri from Iraq and kimiya from Iran. These are some of the varieties of dates that have arrived in the city.
Dates are available in abundance in the retail/wholesale market, but its buyers are fewer as most Muslims avoid them due to the scorching heat. Instead, they have juicy fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, and grapes. Market Yard dried fruit vendor Vinod Goyal said: “The sale of khajur (dates) is down almost 60%, while the demand for fruit is only 40% this year because the community Avoid eating fruit in summer. The situation was the same last year. Dates exported from various countries are available in abundance, but there is no demand for them. The situation has forced dried fruit merchants to stock limited dates. »
Goyal said, “It is customary for Muslims to eat a piece of khajur while breaking their fast from dawn until dusk in the evening. The community finds it difficult to consume khajur as the throat becomes dry due to the rise in temperature. Many people also avoid using dates when preparing “sheerkurma” in Ramzan Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr.
Fruit vendor Ismail Bagwan said, “The demand for khajur was seen when the crescent moon was sighted and on the first day of roza or fasting. Subsequently, there was no more demand for the fruit. Muslims buy dates in smaller quantities. This year, many people have decided not to spend money on buying khajur because they suffered a loss of business or employment during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In addition to watermelon and watermelon, many Muslims buy fruit plates to break their fast. This year, traders who had stored the fruits in bulk are facing losses,” Bagwan said.
Haji Zakir Shaikh, Chairman of All India Quami Tanzeem (Western Maharashtra) said, “There is no demand for khajur as premium quality dates are not available in the local market. We have received complaints that traders are selling old stocks of dates, which Muslims do not prefer”.