Grape exports from India’s Nashik district seem to have gathered momentum; officials are announcing that nearly 63,000 tons of the fruit have been sent out in 4,705 containers so far.
There is still a 17% dip in export numbers. Last year, during the corresponding period, exporters had sent out 75,000 tons. Farmers said the dip was the result of unseasonal rains that had devastated the region's vineyards in 2019.
Out of the 63,000 tons exported so far, 55,000 tons were sent out to European countries — 36,000 tons to the Netherlands; 6,700 tons to the United Kingdom; 6,500 tons to Germany; 1,200 tons to Denmark. The rest of the grape export was to countries such as Finland, Slovenia, Spain, Ireland, Norway, etc.
Nearly 8,000 tons of grapes has been exported to non-European countries such as Russia, the UAE etc.
The grape export season will continue through the end of April. The grape export is expected to touch nearly 110,000 tons this season. Last year, the number was 144,000 tons.
The district also recorded a 26% drop in the registration of vineyards meant for export during the grape season 2019-20 (December to April). According to government rules, grape farmers have to register their vineyards if they wish to export their produce. As per the state agricultural department, so far, around 28,500 farmers in the district have registered their vineyards for export — that's across a total of 18,000 hectare. Last year, 38,400 grape farmers had registered their vineyards, across 24,575 hectares.