India expects small grape crop for second year in succession

Photo: GKC India’s 2019/20 crop totalled 2.28 million tons, 21% lower than the previous year’s volume due to adverse weather and many vineyards infested by fungal diseases, which affected grape […]
Wed 27/01/2021
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India’s 2019/20 crop totalled 2.28 million tons, 21% lower than the previous year’s volume due to adverse weather and many vineyards infested by fungal diseases, which affected grape quality. USDA estimates for 2020/21 are for a similar volume. India is a major consumer of grapes. In 2020/21, imports are expected to rise 8% to 8,000 tons due to decreased domestic supplies. China accounts for around two-thirds of the imported volume, followed by Afghanistan (9%) and the US (8%).

India is also a major exporter of fresh table grapes. 2020/21 table grape exports are projected at 150,000 tons, down 19% from 2019/20, due to lower production and reduced product quality. Over 50% of Indian grape exports are shipped to the EU and the UK. The top three destinations are the Netherlands (29%), Bangladesh (17%), and Russia (12%).