NASHIK: The Country’s grape exporters who had suffered losses after the rejection of grape consignments by the European countries in 2009-10 citing the presence of pesticide residues are likely to get some relief. A three-member committee consisting of members of APEDA has been appointed by the Centre to look into the issue and scrutinise the losses suffered by the grape exporters, key industry persons said.
The industry is reported to have suffered losses to the tune of Rs. 150 crore during this period because of the rejection of consignments. Top industry representatives including Kailash Bhosale, Chairman of the science committee of Maharashtra Rajya Draksha Bagayatdar Sangh, an association of grape producers; Jagannath Khapre, President of All India Grape Exporters Association; and grape exporters from Latur region recently met Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeking compensation for grape growers.
The delegation was of the view that the losses had happened because of the negligence of the Government as it did not inform farmers about the presence of residues.