Untimely rain in parts of Maharashtra are posing a threat to grape cultivation in Nashik. The state’s growers fear that the quality of grapes will be affected due to rains, also leading to higher production costs with additional spending on pesticides.
Unseasonal rainfall is also expected to affect the grape, pomegranate, mango and tomato crops in Maharashtra. Jagannath Khapre, president, All India Grapes Export Association: “Due to the change in weather and rain, grape producers will get affected. It is tough to estimate the losses immediately. Grapes crack due to the cold.”
He added, “Grape vineyards have been seeing bad weather for the last three years. Earlier, rains washed out the crop. Due to lockdown, grape producers sold their produce at throw away prices.”
Maharashtra is the largest grape exporter in India. Khapre told hindustantimes.com: “We are more worried about Covid-19 than the weather. Recently, England and Germany announced lock downs. Our grapes take 21 days to reach various countries. Grape season is going to start and if any country announces a lock down, it would be a huge loss for exporters and farmers here in Maharashtra."
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