30/03/2020

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Covid-19 hits Maharashtra’s grape exports

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

This month, as of Friday, March twenty, Maharashtra has exported in excess of seventy four,000 tonnes of grapes to numerous international locations, in comparison to 89,000 tonnes in March 2019. The greatest variety of grape consignments have gone to the Netherlands (forty eight,000 tonnes) adopted by the United kingdom (9,800 tonnes) and Germany (eight,835 tonnes). In 2018-19 the Netherlands, Russia, the United kingdom, Bangladesh and Germany have been important grape export destinations.

“Almost 30 for every cent of the grapes are nonetheless in the fields. This would sum to about twenty five,000-30,000 tonnes of export-top quality grapes. We are carefully watching developments and hope that the coronavirus distribute will not impact grape exports,” explained Vilas Shinde, Chairman and Taking care of Director of the Nashik-based Sahyadri Farms. Sahyadri is 1 of the main exporters of grapes. Lockdowns and depleting need for grapes overseas is also a result in for concern for farmers. The need in supermarkets in the United kingdom and Germany has gone down significantly, in accordance to exporters.

Adding to their concerns, hailstorms and significant downpours in elements of Marathwada, western and north Maharashtra, exactly where grape cultivation is concentrated, have presently harmed grapes.

No. one producer

Maharashtra ranks initial in India in conditions of generation, accounting for more than 81 for every cent of full output. Other important grape-growing States include things like Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. For each data on the APEDA site, Karnataka has exported ninety one.260 mt.

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