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India's Table Grape Export May Fall by 45%

India's apple production may remain unchanged but grapes might become another nightmare to producers, those already facing challanges of loan settlement.

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Global Agriculture Information Network has come up with new world estimate for Apple and Grape. While estimate hints toward retaliatory tarrif measure for Apple in India. The real issue is grape estimate for a major fall in exports.

Apple

The India's apple production might Demian unchanged and restricted import measures will somehow help domestic producers. India’s production is estimated to remain unchanged at 2.4 million tons amid expectations of late monsoon rains inhibited higher output. Lower shipments from Iraq and Pakistan, a continued ban on China apples, and retaliatory tariffs on US apples are expected to drive imports nearly 40 per cent lower to 175,000 tons.

Grapes

While the Shetkari Sangthna (Joshi) president Anil Singh Ghanwat informed that pre lockdown harvest of grapes were very good at parts of Maharashtra. The lockdown has made the matters worse for farmers. This could lead them to have huge challenge due to high loans, informed Ghanwat. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects a major drop in exports of Indian table grapes.

It projects that India’s production is expected to rise only 200,000 tons to 3.0 million tons as heavy rains in September and October affected yields in northern Maharashtra. Additional later-season rains also lowered quality, predicts USDA. Reduced levels of export-quality supplies and the impact of domestic COVID-19 measures are anticipated to cut exports sharply by 45 per cent to 135,000 ton. This may certify doubt of Ghanwat as investment may not return good return due to major drop in exports of grapes.


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