Nashik grape farmers troubled as well

India: Punjab farmers start dumping vegetables

Punjab vegetable growers are worried that they may not be able to take their perishable produce to the market for sale and would have to incur heavy losses.

A vegetable farmer from Bhainibagha, said: "As we are unable to take our vegetables to market, we threw bags of peas in the fields and ploughed nearly 4 acre area where vegetables were grown." Another farmer of the village said: "We too threw away peas and are now worried about the chilli crop."

‘The Grape City of India’
Nashik in Maharashtra is called the Grape City of India. As many as 200 acres to 2 acres the grape plantations In Nashik just take ones breath away.  Grapes and Nashik has been in news recently in the month of March as the Grape exports from the District gained momentum and nearly 63,000 tonnes of the fruit has been sent out in 4,705 containers so far. Compared to the last year, there is still a dip in the export numbers .Last year it seems according to the reports same time same year, they had exported 75,000 tonnes and this year; dip in exports could be the result of unseasonal rains that had devastated the region’s vineyards in 2019. 

As the Coronavirus hits the country, each corner of the country is facing some kind of difficulty. Some of the majorly hit industries are  that of Agriculture and sadly the poor grape farmers are in a total fix as to what next as Grapes need to be harvested at the proper maturity index, as to the hardy fruits like guava and pomegranate. The grape export season usually starts from January 10 and continues through the second week of April.


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