Although India’s grape exports to the European Union have gone up 19% compared to a year ago, growers are worried as the exports to other global markets are trailing.
As on February 27, India had exported 52,913 tonnes of grapes to the EU as against 44,332 tonnes exported on the same day last year, according to the Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Authority (Apeda).
“The grape export to the EU has increased this year. However, the problem is with export to Russia, Sri Lanka and other countries. Our estimate is that the export to other countries is lagging by at least 50 per cent as compared to the previous year,” said Jagath Khapre, president, Indian Grape Exporters’ Association.
India’s total grape export in 2017-18 was worth Rs 1,900 crore. Grapes have the highest share in India’s fruit export basket.
Growers are facing problems on phytosanitory issues, which growers claim, were raised after the exports started. “We are awaiting clarification and clear communication from government agencies about the latest issue,” said Khapre.
In the domestic market too, prices are ruling low due to the impact of prolonged winter conditions on the development of the fruits and the sugar content in it.
“The demand from domestic consumers was lower as the fruits have not turned sweet enough,” said Khaderao Shevale, a grape farmer from Nashik. According to the marketing department of Maharashtra, wholesale grape prices in growing markets like Nashik, Sangli and Solapur are ruling between Rs 15/kg and Rs 35/ kg, while in the cities, the wholesale prices are ruling from Rs 20/kg to Rs 60/kg.
Source :- Economictimes.indiatimes.com