Shopian market witnesses ‘highest’ customer footfall after seven years

Shopian market witnesses ‘highest’ customer footfall after seven years

Bumper crop ends ‘pocket drought’ of orchardists

Shopian: After years of financial crunch, joy returns to Shopian market with substantial buyers in the market. Shopkeepers this year are happy with more gains after suffering losses during past several years.
Shopkeepers and businessmen from the Shopian market said that since the killing of Asiya and Nelofar in 2009, Shopian market hardly saw such a rush of buyers in the market.
They opined that massive decline in productivity of horticulture produce and shutdown calls given by the resistance leaders and spontaneous strikes in the district were the main reasons for the less customers in the market.
A local shopkeeper said that not even on festivals and holidays they saw such a rush of costumers in the market as they have seen this winter.
Riyaz Ahmad Bhat, a local resident said that due to the indefinite strikes and shutdowns in the town, he closed his kiryana shop and started a business of B-grade apples. The customer rush has brought back the joy on the faces of the traders.
“Yes this year I am happy. A good number of customers are buying products from our shops. During past several years, hardly any person would buy costly shoes but this year people fetched huge gains in horticulture sector which in turn also increased our gains,” Tariq Ahmad Bhat, who runs a footwear shop in the Shopian market, said.
Shakeel Ahmad Mir, a local resident of main town of Shopian said that the Shopian market was “literally changed into a desert” and at several instances, as there were outdated items in the market due to shutdowns in the district, costumers were forced to visit the markets of neighboring districts. “This season there is happiness on the faces of shopkeepers with huge rush of customers,” he said.
Not only the markets but this year’s bumper crop of apples has fetched good returns helping people buy new cars and those who already own a car, are buying costlier ones.
Bilal Ahmad Mir, a crockery-seller said the number of visiting costumers has increased. He said, “The number of customers thronging the marketplace in a day equals the number of customers who visited the market in a month during the previous years.
Orchardists and apple growers after completing the works in orchards have started preparations for construction purposes and weddings of their children.
Not only the local traders but vendors from Srinagar also visited the market to sell their products.
The bumper crop this year is believed to have ended the ‘pocket drought’ of apple growers and orchardists.