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Rains reduce Indian grape exports by 26.47%

With the unseasonal rain and hailstorms badly affecting the quality and production, grape exports from Nashik district have declined by 26.47% in the current grape season (January-April) due to unseasonal rain and hailstorms in February and March.

The district exported 49,443 metric tonnes of grapes by April-end in the current grape season, against 67,244 metric tonnes exported in 2014.

Speaking to TOI, Jagannath Khapare, president, Grape Exporters' Association of India (GEAI), said, "Close to 80% of the total grape exports of the state comes from the district. We were expecting a good grape season this year, but unseasonal rain and hailstorms badly hit the vineyards, affecting the quality and production of the grapes. This led to a decline in the export."

As per the statistics from the agriculture department of the state government, the district exported 49,443 metric tonnes of grapes by April-end in the current grape season, including 20,325.277 metric tonnes (mt) to Netherlands, 8,495.322 mt to UK, 4261.62 mt to Germany, 825.1 mt to Denmark, 149.5 mt to Norway, 690.34 mt to Finland, 677.34 mt to Sweden, 323.6 mt to Lithuania, 433.5 mt to Ireland, 372.43 mt to Belgium, 166.8 mt to Italy, 195.4 mt to Switzerland, 61.36 mt to Estonia, 91.91 mt to Latvia, 54.24 mt to Spain, 36.5 mt to Austria, 51.216 mt to Bahrain, 62.976 mt to Belarus, 715.703 mt to China, 192.638 mt to Dubai, 79.576 mt to Hong Kong, 8,527.871 mt to Russia and 1067.560 mt to Saudi Arabia.

This grape season, the areas under plantation for export purposes has increased by 23.68% to 17,191.86 hectares, against 13,900 hectares during the previous grape season (2014). Accordingly, the agriculture department had projected the grape export target of 75,000 mt for the 2015 grape season, but unseasonal rain and hailstorms led to decline in export.


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