RAWALPINDI  – The price of watermelon has surged sharply in the city about Rs-25 per kg as compared to Rs 10-15 per kg last year.

The main reason behind the increase in prices is sharp decline in production because growers fetched low prices last year. Besides, rising cost of transportation has also resulted to increase the price.

Rawalpindi Wholesale Fresh Fruit Association Subzi Mandi President Ghulm Qadir mir said currently a truckload of watermelon is now priced at Rs200,000 to 250,000 depending upon its quality as compared to Rs40,000 to 50,000 last year. He, however, did not mention the actual quantity of melon in a truckload.

Due to drop in production, only 40-50 trucks are arriving daily from the producing areas in Rawalpindi as compared to 100-125 truck last year.

Without giving the actual figures of production in Pakistan, he roughly estimated 60-70 per cent decline in production this year. The main production hub of this commodity is Larkana and Sukkur. Watermelon also arrives from Sargodha and Lasbela. Currently, melon is coming from Larkana and Lasbela.

Ghulam Qadir said in view of increasing temperature and scorching heat, the demand of melon is still very high.