Lockdown: Traders at Sylhet fruit market facing loss due to lack of buyers
Traders at Sylhet's wholesale Kadamtali Fruit Market have been incurring losses during the ongoing "strict lockdown" due to lack of buyers.
While visiting the market, our photojournalist Sheikh Naser found huge piles of pineapples and jackfruits as there is no bar on transporting food items during the restrictions on movement. There are, however, restrictions on public movement and therefore, the markets are seeing a dearth of buyers.
Traders say, under the circumstances, they have been selling fruits at much lower prices.
Mozammel Ali, proprietor of M/s Mozammel Fruit Agency, said that every day 10 to 15 truck-loads of of pineapples and 20 truck-loads of jackfruits are coming to the market from different parts of the country.
"We are selling these at minimal prices as there are not sufficient buyers," he said.
The traders are in trouble as usually they buy all fruits of an entire orchard, he said, adding, "If the fruits are not collected from trees timely, those will perish. And they will also perish if not sold in time."