NASHIK: The area under grape plantation in Nashik district for exports has increased by 30% in a year - from 17,103 hectare in 2015-16 to 22,154 hectares in 2016-17.
The grape farmers' body Maharashtra Rajya Draksha Bagayatdar Sangh (MRDBS) is expecting 25% rise in grape plantation for export for the upcoming export season 2017-18 (December-April).
The agricultural and processed food products export development authority (APEDA) has made registration of vineyards compulsory for grape-growers since 2004 to promote export quality grapes production. Accordingly, the office of superintending agriculture officer carries out the registration process for farmers willing to export grapes.
In 2016-17, the grape export season, areas under vineyards registered for export increased by 30% as grape growers are diverting towards export. Around 34,110 grape farmers had registered a total of 22,154 hectare of vineyards in 2016-17. In the previous season, as many as 25,248 grape growers had registered 17,103 hectares of vineyards.
"There has been continuous rise in grape export from Nashik district as grape farmers are diverting towards export at large every year. We are expecting 25% rise in areas under vineyards for export purpose during the upcoming grape season 2017-18," said Kailash Bhosle, an office-bearer of MRDBS.