It’s almost harvesting time for the fresh Barhi dates in India. Thanks to favorable weather conditions, one exporter is expecting a bumper crop this year. As demand is already quite good, it’s expected this bumper crop will all be exported by the end of the season.
According to Himant Chavda, Chairman for Indian produce exporter Krish International, the harvesting of their fresh Barhi dates will commence in a little over a week: “We are a grower and exporter of fresh Barhi dates from India. Our current projection is that the fresh Barhi dates season will start from June the 25th. Our fresh Barhi dates are cultivated in an organic matter and we are hopeful about having larger volumes available this year, thanks to favorable weather conditions. As of now, only India will start harvesting the Barhi dates, while other producing countries will start later. So if we indeed have larger volumes, it’ll be a win-win situation for us.”
Having a bumper crop isn’t a negative thing in the slightest, Chavda states. He expects the company will be able to export all of the dates that they harvest, as buyers are placing orders ahead of the season. “We’re also confident that we’ll be able to export the extra volumes that will be harvested this season. The market is stable and all buyers are prepared for the distribution. This year we have received orders in advance, so our clients are eager to launch the Barhi dates in their respective markets.”
Chavda feels that the Barhi dates have become more popular in the world, and so each market has its own specification requirements now: “Current demand is very good, while the season hasn’t even started yet. Now we just have to focus on delivering our produce to different areas of the world. Our team is excited to fulfil all buyer requirements. Our fresh Barhi dates have reached fame around the world, especially in Europe, Canada, the Gulf and Asian countries. I think consumers like it due to the fresh dates being sweet and crunchy.”
“This year prices will be remain on the higher side, just like last year. This is mostly due less availability of airfreight, which means there are simply more costs than usual. However, our buyer’s have accepted the situation as it is, and traders all over the world understand the reality of the current market. So despite these higher prices, our expectations are that the amount of exported volumes will be satisfying,” Chavda concludes.