Both the grape and pomegranate seasons in India are coming to an end. After the unpredictable weather during the monsoon season, some issues with yield and quality came up.
For Indian fruit exporter Iridica Agro and Sons Enterprises, the busy times of the grape and pomegranate seasons are almost over. For the remainder of the seasons however, there is still a lot of work to do, says Sharad Salunkhe, Managing Director for Iridica Agro. “Our company cultivates different varieties of grapes, like Thomson seedless, Super sonaka and Sonaka. This season, we’ve sold about 1000 MT of grapes overall, but we’re nowhere near done yet. The season should last until April and we expect to harvest another 2000 MT of grapes before it’s all over. This season the weather has been very unpredictable, having some impact on quality and yield, but not something we couldn’t overcome.”
Currently, Iridica Agro only supplies the Asian market, but Salunkhe would love to start exporting to new markets. “We’d love to get a foothold on the European market, as we mostly sell our grapes in India and Thailand right now. There is a big demand in the European region, which would also allow us to get better pricing than we get now.”
“We also deal in pomegranates and this season is also still ongoing. It should finish at the end of this month. We deal in both fresh and processed pomegranates and have sold about 1000 MT of pomegranates so far. We still expect to harvest another 500 MT before the season ends. We’re targeting new markets for our pomegranates, specifically Holland, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The storms and rains also had an impact on the yield of pomegranates, but the produce we have harvested is great! Our goal for 2020 will be to grow in the European market.” Salunkhe concludes.