30% drop in the registration of vineyards for the export of grapes
Nashik district has seen a 30% drop in the registration of vineyards producing table grapes for export. According to the Grape Exporters Association of India (GEAI), many grape growers have refrained from registering their vineyards for export due to various challenges. Rising transport costs and prices for packaging materials are among the main reasons. While container freight costs have nearly doubled, packaging material costs have increased by 30%.
In accordance with government standards, it is mandatory for farmers wishing to export grapes to register their vineyards with the National Department of Agriculture. As of 2020, some 37,090 farmers had registered their vineyards, involving 22,790 hectares of land. This year, the registration of vineyards for the export of grapes has dropped by 30%. Only 25,571 farmers registered, involving 13,248 hectares.
Nashik district exported 129,000 tons of grapes in the last wine season. Out of this quantity, 96,000 tons of grapes were exported to European countries like the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, etc., while the remaining 33,000 tons of grapes were exported to non-European countries. European countries such as Russia, Malaysia, Dubai, etc.