PUNE : India has shipped its first consignment of grapes to China to mark the beginning of the bumper season 2019. India exports around 190,000 tonnes of grapes worth $300 million a year, of which the Netherlands contributes nearly 33 per cent both in volume and value. Russia and United Kingdom shared 15 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively, in 2017-18.
China has been a regular buyer of Indian grapes. “The first consignment of 33 tonnes of Indian grapes has already been dispatched to China and is expected to hit Chinese Ports by January 15. We are looking to double our grapes export to China this year. Chinese buyers are looking at India as a potential supplier after lower grape imports from the United States,” said U K Vats, General Manager, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda).
China, which is not a producer of grapes, meets its entire demand through imports from India and other major producing countries.