Maharashtra grape farmers have only exported 92,342 tonnes in 6,842 containers this year. Last year the state exported 1,21,469 tonnes of grapes in 8,982 containers. The causes are the unseasonal monsoon in October and the nationwide lockdown, which have led to a 24 per cent drop in Maharashtra’s grape export.
According to reports by Hindu Business line, Maharashtra used to rank first in terms of production, accounting for more than 81 per cent of the total production and representing the highest productivity in the country. Nashik, the grape hub, exports nearly 82,000 tonnes, which is almost 89 per cent of the total grape export from Maharashtra.
Grape farmers said the next season would put more pressure on them due to the heavy loss incurred during this season. Many grape farmers tried to sell their produce in the local markets but the lockdown and demand decline disrupted their plans.
Krishijagran.com reports that All India Grape Exporters Association officials have stated that exports were on track until February but as the COVID-19 spread increased, the demand for grapes declined in the international market, and the lockdown came as the last straw. Farmers, exporters and traders have suffered heavy losses this year.