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Demand of pulses shoots up in Kashmir

Srinagar , Sun, 22 Jan 2012 ANI

Srinagar, Jan 22 (ANI): The demand of pulses shot up Kashmir, as the heavy snowfall fluctuated the availability of vegetables in the Valley.


Wholesalers and retailers in Kashmir enjoy brisk business, as markets in Srinagar city including Batmaloo, Amirakadal and Bohri Kadal were overcrowded with customers who were out to buy different varieties of lentils to beat the bone-chilling cold.


Jaan Mohammad, a customer, said that consumption of pulses with dry vegetables like turnips are very nutritious and keep their bodies warm during such times.


"In winters we need food items that keep our bodies warm. We eat a lot of pulses in the winter season because it is rich with protein and carbohydrates. We also eat meat but pulses are more nutritious. A poor person cannot afford to buy meat everyday that is why the sale of pulses increases in winter," added Mohammad.


"We are doing good business. There is a lot of demand of different varieties of pulses. The rate is also very reasonable. The pulses which are sold at 100 rupees (per kg) in big shops we sale them at around 50 rupees (per kg)," said Ghulam Mohammad, a shopkeeper.


People stock up on food for months in advance to counter the winter, when the valley is completely cut off from rest of the region. (ANI)


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