Kinnow and malta sale has finally started in Punjab’s Abohar mandi with farmers fetching good prices. The kinnow prices this year is Rs 13/kg which was Rs 8 per kg last year and for malta it is Rs 31.50 per kg whereas last year it was Rs 22 per kg.
The Horticulture area for this year showed no eye catching increase as it stood at around 3.81 lakh hectares which is almost same as last year.
Shailender Kaur, Director, Horticulture, said, “Last year, there was a bumper crop of kinnow as it was around 13 lakh metric tonnes, while this year we are expecting not more than 9 lakh MT. This is a pattern of crops that are bumper in the first year and production reduces next year. As there is no crop insurance in horticulture related crops, hence the risk factor is high. Moreover, there is no MSP linked with horticulture crops.”
Atinderpal Singh, president of Kinnow Malta Ahrtiya Association of Punjab said, “The sale has started on a good note, However, good quality kinnow will come in December only. This is the early variety which is normally used in juices mixed with mausmi. However, this year’s crop will be less compared to last year and hence we are hoping for good prices”.
Along with other problems, the pink bollworm has affected the cotton crop which is close to the kinnow orchards are near have not been affected so far.