Covid-19 hits Maharashtra’s grape exports

Maharashtra’s grape growers are in a limited place with the export of about 35,000 tonnes

Maharashtra’s grape growers are in a limited place with the export of about 35,000 tonnes trapped due to the coronavirus unfold.

This month, as of Friday, March 20, Maharashtra has exported around seventy four,000 tonnes of grapes to various international locations, compared to 89,000 tonnes in March 2019. The most amount of grape consignments have long gone to the Netherlands (forty eight,000 tonnes) adopted by the Uk (9,800 tonnes) and Germany (8,835 tonnes). In 2018-19 the Netherlands, Russia, the Uk, Bangladesh and Germany had been important grape export locations.

“Almost 30 per cent of the grapes are nevertheless in the fields. This would total to about 25,000-30,000 tonnes of export-high-quality grapes. We are closely looking at developments and hope that the coronavirus unfold will not have an effect on grape exports,” explained Vilas Shinde, Chairman and Taking care of Director of the Nashik-based Sahyadri Farms. Sahyadri is 1 of the primary exporters of grapes. Lockdowns and depleting desire for grapes overseas is also a induce for issue for farmers. The desire in supermarkets in the Uk and Germany has long gone down significantly, in accordance to exporters.

Introducing to their anxieties, hailstorms and hefty downpours in elements of Marathwada, western and north Maharashtra, the place grape cultivation is concentrated, have presently harmed grapes.

No. one producer

Maharashtra ranks to start with in India in conditions of generation, accounting for more than eighty one per cent of total output. Other important grape-increasing States include Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. For each data on the APEDA internet site, Karnataka has exported ninety one.260 mt.

In India, grapes are cultivated on one,23,000 hectares, occupying 2.01 per cent of the total space in the state. India is also a important exporter of refreshing grapes. The state has exported 2,forty six,133.79 tonnes of grapes valued at ₹2,335.24 crore in 2018-19, per the APEDA data.