Rain damages ready to harvest grapes and onions in parts of Nashik

Unseasonal rain on Thursday has affected grapes and onions in parts of the Nashik district. Apart from Nashik city, unseasonal rainfall was reported from Niphad, Chandvad, Sinnar, Deola, Yeola and Trimbakeshwar talukas of the district.

“Around 5% of the total 150,000 hectares of vineyards are now ready for the grape harvest. Such vineyards are likely to be affected due to rains. The grape fruits in Niphad and other areas may develop cracks due to the rain,” said an official of the state association of grape growers. “But it is difficult right now to assess the actual extent of damage due to the rain. The losses may increase if it continues to rain for next two-three days.”

Bharat Dighole, president, Maharashtra state onion farmers association, told timesofindia.indiatimes.com that onions were also about to be harvested during the next three four days. “Farmers had already stopped giving water for the past few days to prepare for harvest. Onion crop has been affected in parts of Sinnar, Chandvad, Yeola and Deola administrative districts.”

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