A more infectious strain of Covid-19, that was detected in the UK recently, has adversely affected the export of fresh vegetables from Nashik to London in December 2020. Halcon -a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and the Container Corporation of India (Concor)- claims Nashik had exported roughly 90 tonnes of vegetables to London in December 2020. The export volume was significantly lower than the 341 tonnes exported in December 2019.
In November 2020, around 260 tonnes of vegetables were exported to London, down from the 328 tonnes of exported in November 2019. Vegetables like okra, luffa, chilli and other green vegetables are usually exported directly from Nashik to London.
“There had been good demand for vegetables from Nashik. Nashik exports more than 300 tonnes of vegetables to London from Nashik every month. But the detection of the new strain of coronavirus has badly affected the exports to London,” said Sudhakar Sen, the chief executive officer of Halcon.
“The demand for vegetables is there. However, the problem is that all flights to London have been cancelled. We are unable to send the vegetables,” Paras Jobanputra, an exporter, told timesofindia.indiatimes.com. “We expect the situation to improve. Hopefully, we will be able to send vegetables to London soon. Meanwhile, we are sending vegetables to other countries like Qatar. The new strain of coronavirus has affected the vegetable export volumes.”
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