As Bengaluru grape growers are in distress due to a lack of access to bulk buyers, the Alumni Association of University of Agricultural Sciences-Bengaluru (UAS-B) has stepped in to help. The association comprises thousands of farm scientists. It has decided to procure grapes directly from the State’s grape cultivation belt of Chikkaballapura and sell it directly to consumers in Bengaluru from Tuesday.
“To begin with, we are going to procure three tonnes of premium seedless variety of Sharad grapes from farmers in Chikkaballapura and sell them to consumers in Sahakaranagar in Bengaluru on Tuesday, Alumni Association Chairman Professor K. Narayana Gowda told The Hindu. The Association has roped in Sahakaranagar Residents’ Welfare Association to partner with it in the initiative.
The grape growers are in dire straits as a large quantum of produce is about to perish in farms in Chikkaballapura district. It is very difficult for them to find consumers as they were mostly dependent on wineries, which have presently shut operations.