NASHIK: The Country’s grape exports have seen a 40% drop this year. This season grape exports touched 1,80,000 tonne as compared to 2,31,000 tonnes the previous year, Grapes Exporters’ Association of India (GEAI) has said. The yield this year was 40-50% less than last year. Significantly, grape exports to Europe reduced by around 9,000 tonne to 92,500 tonne from 1,07,000 tonne last year. Adverse climatic conditions were blamed for the lower export this year by industry people.

According to Jagannath Khapre, President, Grape Exporters Association of India (GEAI), unseasonal hailstorm and rainfall in September badly affected the area of around 60,000 hectares under cultivation in Nashik. The figures are still being compiled but the crop was affected this season which in turn also affected grape export.

Like Europe, other countries that import grapes from India, including China, Indonesia and Russia, have decided to issue stricter residue monitoring plan (RMP) norms to the Country. Next year onwards, the Government has decided to issue certificates to exporters to these nations as well so that exports do not face any hurdles.

So far this season, around 3,000 tonne have been exported to China and about 1,500 tonne to other nations such as Russia, Malaysia and Singapore. Last season, India exported 27,554 tonne to Russia, which is one the biggest markets for the Country.

 

Posted By Daily Shipping Times.