It started with 20 fruits for 100 LKR. Again it was reduced to 25 fruits for 100 LKR. Now it is 30 fruits for 100 fruits. That was how the price of rambutan went down during last few weeks. Last year, a fruit cost around 8-10 LKR. But this year, due to abundant harvest, the prices are going down. It is likely to go down further it seems.
Still the prices of fresher rambutan sold close to Don Pedris ground are more expensive and they target the elite clients. For the common man, the regular fruits are available for lower prices. But for the cities like Anuradhapura, 3-4 days old fruits are sold for higher prices. They rarely get the better variety. They have to be satisfied with a lower variety which is smaller than the regular rambutans.
I met this guy Sujith Priyashantha (23) at Pelawatta, Battaramulla today. He is married and no children yet. He lives at his parents’ house in Horana. He buys his rambutans from Ingiriya, not from Malwana as all the other sellers say. He does his business with the help of a three wheeler owner during the season. They buy a fruit for 2.50 LKR from the gardens and sell at 4 LKR with a profit margin of 1.50 LKR from a fruit. Sujith makes around 700-800 a day during the rambutan season. During the off-season he drives a three wheeler and does some odd jobs.