Agri Business

Soon, Indian fresh grapes to sparkle Down Under

Vishwanath Kulkarni Bengaluru | Updated on December 21, 2018

Australia has granted market access to Indian fresh grapes and shipments are likely to commence in the season ahead.

According to Apeda, Australia recently completed the import risk assessment process for Indian grapes and indicated that trade could commence now. Indian grape exporters are expected to comply with the Australian Government’s biosecurity import conditions.

The grant of market access by Australia could help Indian exporters diversify their markets. However, the Australian market may not pose a big opportunity as the export season for Indian players coincides with domestic harvest season Down Under.

“Australia has a similar harvest season like us between January and March. Only those who harvest late and export could benefit,” said Vilas Shinde, Chairman, Sahayadri Farms, a farmer producer company in Nashik region with over 8,000 grower members, and a large exporter. He said a bigger opportunity could arrive when China and the US will open up their markets.

India exports about 6-7 per cent (about 1.9 lakh tonnes) of its annual grape output of around 29-30 lakh tonnes. The Netherlands is the biggest buyer, accounting for a third of the Indian shipments, followed by Russia, UK, Germany and the UAE.

Published on December 21, 2018

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