MULTAN - With the start of winter season prices for dry fruit is increasing as Almond is being sold at Rs 500 to 650/kg, grams at Rs 240 to 280/kg, currants Rs 500 to 600/kg, dried apricot at Rs 400to 500/kg, almond without shell at Rs 1,000 to 1,200/kg, pine nut (Chilgoza) at Rs 3,000 to 3,500/kg, peanut at Rs 220 to 250/kg while mixed Mewa was being sold at Rs 550 to 650/kg.

 A vendor said dry fruit dealers created artificial shortageof dry fruit to sell it at high prices. Sarwar, Javed and Azharsaid prices of dry fruit had shot up and gone out of the reach of the common man.  When contacted, a dealer said prices had increased in wholesale they had to sell them at high rates.