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1.43L tonnes of grapes exported from Nashik

NASHIK: The district has recorded an all-time prime export of 1.43 lakh tonne of grapes all the way through the present season, which culminates on April 30. The grape season lasts for five months starting December. The previous all-time prime used to be recorded at 1.31 lakh tonne all the way through the 2016-17 grape season.

Also, the district has recorded 40% upward push in export of grape this 12 months as in comparison to that of last 12 months the place 1.02 lakh tonne of grapes have been exported.

"The export season has been impressive this year as the district recorded an all-time high of export. Moreover, the district also recorded around 40% rise in export figures compared to that of last year," an official from the state agriculture division stated.

According to him, climate stipulations have been good and there had been no unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms all the way through the harvest. "The season has almost ended and it may add around 100 tonne to the export," he added.

This season there had been upward push in registration of vineyards for export function additionally as it is obligatory as in keeping with norms of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

Of the 1.41 lakh tonne, 1.10 lakh tonne has been exported to European international locations like The Netherlands (69,000 tonne), Germany (20,000 tonne) and United Kingdom (19,700 tonne).

The final 33,000 tonne have been exported to non-European international locations like Russia (25,500 tonne), Dubai (1,500 tonne), Canada (1,200 tonne) and China (600 tonne).

"Initially the price of grapes was better, but it declined later due to rise in supply. It again improved during the last one month. Overall, the grape season was good due to better weather conditions," Manik Patil, office-bearer of Maharashtra Rajya Draksha Bagayatdar Sangh (MRDBS), stated.

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