Covid-19 hits Maharashtra’s grape exports

Maharashtra’s grape growers are in a restricted location with the export of about 35,000 tonnes stuck thanks to the coronavirus unfold.

This thirty day period, as of Friday, March 20, Maharashtra has exported around seventy four,000 tonnes of grapes to a variety of countries, compared to 89,000 tonnes in March 2019. The most variety of grape consignments have gone to the Netherlands (48,000 tonnes) followed by the British isles (nine,800 tonnes) and Germany (eight,835 tonnes). In 2018-19 the Netherlands, Russia, the British isles, Bangladesh and Germany were being important grape export destinations.

“Almost thirty for every cent of the grapes are nonetheless in the fields. This would amount of money to about 25,000-thirty,000 tonnes of export-excellent grapes. We are intently seeing developments and hope that the coronavirus unfold will not impact grape exports,” claimed Vilas Shinde, Chairman and Managing Director of the Nashik-based mostly Sahyadri Farms. Sahyadri is one particular of the main exporters of grapes. Lockdowns and depleting demand from customers for grapes abroad is also a result in for problem for farmers. The demand from customers in supermarkets in the British isles and Germany has gone down considerably, in accordance to exporters.

Including to their concerns, hailstorms and weighty downpours in components of Marathwada, western and north Maharashtra, wherever grape cultivation is concentrated, have currently harmed grapes.

No. 1 producer

Maharashtra ranks 1st in India in conditions of output, accounting for additional than eighty one for every cent of full output. Other important grape-developing States include things like Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. For each details on the APEDA internet site, Karnataka has exported ninety one.260 mt.

In India, grapes are cultivated on 1,23,000 hectares, occupying two.01 for every cent of the full spot in the country. India is also a important exporter of clean grapes. The country has exported two,46,133.seventy nine tonnes of grapes valued at ₹2,335.24 crore in 2018-19, for every the APEDA details.