Unseasonal rain frustrates Indian growers

The unseasonal rain that swept over large parts of Maharashtra on Thursday evening has affected a large number of growers. They claim this rain will affect the vegetables and fruit supply and the quality of those goods. It will also cause price fluctuations.

Sopan Kanchan, president of the Grape Grover’s Association, said: “The unseasonal rain will first affect the planting. The crops will wash out and due to this, the sweetness of the grapes decreases. When the crop is sweet and sour, the merchants buy it at a lesser price. Due to this, farmers will incur huge loss and also buyers will not get good quality grapes in the market. The sweet grapes will be priced much higher.”

Mid-day.com quoted Shriram Gadhav of the All India Vegetables Grover’s Association as saying:  “The unseasonal rain affects wheat crops too. Even vegetables and fruits like spinach and methi, and tomatoes, or garlic suffer as they develop mildew disease. These crops will not be suitable to eat.” Balasaheb Bhilad, president of Stawberry Grover’s Association, said, “Twenty days ago, farmers planted strawberry saplings, but this rain has destroyed them all. Whatever strawberry reaches the market, will be priced very high.”

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