Grape exports from Maharashtra have dropped by over 4,000 tonnes compared with the February 2019 exports. By February 3 last year, Maharashtra had exported over 13,221 tonnes of grapes in 992 containers while this year during the same period, the state exported just over 9,105 tonnes of grapes in 688 containers.
The export figures on the APEDA website show that Maharashtra is the only state which has started exporting grapes this season; Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana have not yet started exports.
Out of the total grape export from Maharashtra, 5,995 tonnes have been exported to the Netherlands, followed by 1,352 tonnes to Germany and 633 tonnes to the United Kingdom.
“There was a shortage of grapes in December and January. Downy mildew and severe cold affected quality of the grapes and export was comparatively less. However, the situation in February is better and the availability of good quality grapes is increasing,” said Vilas Shinde, Chairman and Managing Director of Nashik-based Sahyadri Farms. Sahyadri is one of the leading companies exporting grapes. “Also the demand in the market is growing. The exports would be streamlined and farmers are certain to get good returns for the produce,” Shinde added.