Maha pomegranate exports up 33% at record 40,000 tonne

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Pune | Published: May 28, 2015 12:07:12 AM

After a couple of bad seasons, pomegranate farmers in Maharashtra are looking forward to good times again. Maharashtra...

After a couple of bad seasons, pomegranate farmers in Maharashtra are looking forward to good times again. Maharashtra has exported a record 40,000 tonne of pomegranates in 2014-15 season, up nearly 33% compared to the previous season.

The state had exported around 30,000 tonne of pomegranates in 2013-14, said Prabhakar Chandane, chairman, Maharashtra Pomegranate Growers Research Association (MPGRA).

West Asia continues to remain one of the biggest markets for India, Chandane said. This year, India also exported pomegranates to countries such as Bangladesh, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

Normally, the export season begins in November every year and is completed by March. However, the season extended up to April this year, Chandane said.

Although Russia emerged as a new market last year, traders are not keen to send products there owing to payment issues in the previous year, Chandane said. The UK, the UAE, the Netherlands, Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain and Kuwait are other important markets for the fruit.

In addition to increased acreage, new markets are also opening up, says Chandane, adding that the US market is likely to open up next year onwards.

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