Fruits sell like hot cakes in hot weather, prices up

Friday, Apr 08, 2022 08:47

The consumption of fruits, particularly those that have a cooling effect, has increased with HCM City entering its hot season. — Photo

With large volumes of sugarcane, orange and lemon juices being consumed in hotter weather, fruit prices have been rising for a month or so in HCM City.

Le Dinh Quyet, deputy head of the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station, said summer temperatures this year are likely to surpass the average level of many previous years, and the season is likely to end in May, earlier than normal.

These days, HCM City has been experiencing mostly sunny days with some rain and thunderstorms in the evenings. Daytime temperatures can go up to 36-37 degrees Celsius.

From now until late April, the city will have many days with a UV index of up to 9-10, which will negatively impact people’s health, Quyet said.

In this hot atmosphere, prices of fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits and coconuts have increased sharply, with that of the seedless lemon rising the highest to VND25,000 to VND30,000 per kg, twice as high as last month.

According to shop owners and salespersons in wet markets, high demand is the main reason for the increase in prices.

Tran Minh, a coconut vendor in an alley off Le Van Duyet Street, Binh Thanh District, told the Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) newspaper that prices have increased in recent days.

"After Tet (Lunar New Year), a large coconut cost VND11,000 each; now the price has up to VND15,000”, he said.

According to Nguyen Dinh Muoi, deputy director of the Vina T&T Group - a fruit exporter, the price of Siamese coconut bought at the garden has increased from VND8,000 to VND9,000 per fruit.

From now until the peak hot season, coconut prices are bound to increase, the price of coconut will increase further, he said.

Supermarket chains in HCM City have also recorded a sharp increase in the consumption of vegetables and fruits in last month.

Marketing director of the Farmers Market, Vo Thanh Loc, said that the sharp increase in fruit consumption in recent days was due to the heat. From the beginning of the year, domestic fruit consumption has been very good, he added.

A representative of the MM Mega Market also said that compared to the same period in 2021, the consumption of some domestic and imported fruits has increased significantly. — VNS

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