PUNE: A total of around 90,000 acres of grape orchards were destroyed due to rain, claimed Maharashtra State Grapes Growers Association. However, according to the Agriculture Department, a total of around 50,000 acres have been damaged. It was expected that grape growers will suffer a loss of Rs 9,000 crore due to this.
The extended spell of rainfall has affected the orchards of grapes and one of the major damages caused to this crop was in Nashik division, which has most of the export quality orchards.
Last season, in Nashik division, from 38,000 export quality orchards, the growers produced around 1,11,648 tonnes of export quality grapes. However, this season, the target given to them by Department of Agriculture was around 90,000 tonnes of export quality orchards. But due to rainfall, this target could not be achieved.
The Agriculture Department, Export Division Consultant Govind Hande said, “Last year, there was an investment of Rs 2,200 crore. However, at present we cannot tell how much investment was done on these orchards. Till now, only 250 orchards have been registered for the damage caused due to rain.”