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Grapes turn sour for Maharashtra cultivators

In the last few years, farmers have been cultivating grape varieties that are in good demand in the foreign market. Grape growers and exporters are also facing the challenge of arriving at the minimum support price for export quality produce

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Grapes have turned sour for Maharashtra cultivators ever since the Government of India has withdrawn export subsidy.

And, the immediate fall out – overseas shipment of the luscious fruit from the state may take a hit.

Maharashtra is the largest producer and exporter of grapes in India and Nashik district in North Maharashtra - some 200 km from capital Mumbai - is the hub, earning the sobriquet of being the country’s grape capital. Nasik accounts for the bulk of export of grapes though certain blocks in Sangli, Satara and a handful of other districts in the state grow the fruit.

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