After the delicious and juicy grapes from Vijayapura that made waves in the international market recently, it is now the turn of the large and dark-saffron pomegranate to go to overseas markets from here.
While the grapes are being exported to some West Asian counties, and recently China, the local pomegranate is being sold in nations such as Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.
Aquib Almelkar, who owns export licence in the trade name of Star Fruits and is a major exporter of grapes and pomegranates: “There is a great demand for grapes and pomegranates from Vijayapura in West Asian, European and other Asian countries. This is primarily because of the colour, taste and quality of the fruits.”
He said that since the climate and soil of Vijayapura is suitable and has emerged as the best for cultivating quality fruits, overseas buyers are fond of these.
Almelkar, who recently exported about 250 tonnes of grapes to China, is also exporting pomegranates. He has selected the Kesar variety of pomegranate for exports because the variety is the best in all aspects; size, colour, taste and quality.
According to an article on thehindu.com, most of the fruits are collected from places such as Indi taluk, Vijayapura taluk and Babaleshwar constituency which are pomegranate-growing areas.