Abijit Zambere, a young agricultural entrepreneur, has entered the wine business. It has a 300 winemaking group with the Drakeshabumi Foundation. He is now worried that the unseasonal rains are affecting crops that are in line with his infrastructure.
Zambere itself is a wine grower. “In the next month, the grapes will start coming to market. The fruit is in its final stages. It is a very careful fruit. The current rains are seriously damaging the crop. The quality is declining and the price is declining.”
Maharashtra has been raining for the past two days and the sky has been flooded for a week. Unfortunately, all the main fruits are in the final stage or at the flowering stage. Therefore, winter wind is essential for quality fruit, wine, orange or mango.
Sanddip Dalavi, Malvan Teshil, Sindhudurg Mango Grower has 350 mango trees. When it rained in the state, the trees lost more than 25% of their flowers. “The quality of the fruit depends on it, so the flower stage is important. These rains ruin the flowers. So the quality is compromised,” he added.
Unseasonal rains have mainly affected the quality of the fruit. For example, mango skin gets black spots, and international customers do not buy such fruits. Therefore, if the market falls, it will have a direct impact on the domestic market.
Maharashtra is one of the leading horticulture companies in India. More than 30 million farmers are directly involved in horticulture, according to the state Department of Vegetation. Unseasonal rains have reached almost every part of the state, except for the semi-eastern Vidarbha. As a result, fruit growers will suffer losses in the state.
“We are investigating the exact loss. It will take a week and we will report back to you,” said State Minister for Fruit and Drug Sandy Bhumara.
However, reports in local newspapers and media outlets suggest that the losses could be significant. The primary losses are estimated at more than 4,000 hectares, western Maharashtra more than 7,000 hectares, more than 5.5,000 hectares north of Maharashtra, 5,000 hectares of Maratawada and 4,000 to 5,000 hectares of western Vidarbha. The number may increase after the final report from the Department of Horticulture.
The loss is not only in fruits but also in vegetables. Mahadev Gard is a cauliflower and tomato grower from Sangamner Tahsil, Ahmednagar Woreda. It currently has 2.5 hectares of land to grow cauliflower and tomatoes. As the price of vegetables increased in the market, he planned to pluck the produce and take it directly to the local markets. But the rain poured over the plan. “My 30% crop has already gone to APMC (Mandis). But the loss of 70% is huge. Now the quality of tomatoes is lost. Cauliflower larvae. The size will be reduced from 40 – 60 kg to Rs10-15. These losses will be huge.” ”
Heavy rains in Maharashtra and storms in May and December threatened the entire agricultural sector.
“We are asking the regional government to impose new standards for compensation. Unseasonal rains are becoming a regular problem every year. The regional government should help farmers more. However, the regional government is constantly falling,” he said. Secretary General of All India Kisana Saba.
After two consecutive locks in the summer, farmers hoped to recover from earlier losses this year. But the unseasonal rains have pushed them to the brink of disaster.