Raisin production in Maharashtra covers 70% of grapes mainly through its districts Sangli, Nasik, Solapur, Ahmadnagar, and Pune. Sangli is one of the most important raisin producer districts within the country. Raisins are basically dry grapes and referred as kishmish, Manuka, Banana, or dry fruits.

Raisins are processed by sun-drying and tray drying several different types of Raisins. Maharashtra ranks first in terms of the production of grapes, accounting for quite 81% of the entire output within the state. Maharashtra exported 23,720.90 tonnes of raisins in 2019-20. 

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However this season, it exported 92,342 tonne, a drop of 24%. As exports took successful thanks to Covid pandemic and a decline in demand within the domestic market, many grape growers in Nasik, Sangli and Solapur belt converted their produce to raisins. Grape growers who couldn’t take their produce to the market due to Covid started producing raisin thus resulting in a record production of around 2.10 lakh tonne. Sangli, Nashik and Solapur are major grape and raisin producers of the state.

As export took successful thanks to Covid-19 and demand for grapes in domestic market declined. Many grape growers in Nashik, Sangli and Solapur belt took their produce to raisin making.

“This incurred additional cost. About 4 kg grapes are required to form 1 kg raisin. A farmer has got to pay ₹30,000 to supply 1 tonne of raisin. Many need to put the raisin in cold storages thanks to lack of demand,” said farmer Salim Mujawar. Farmers pay ₹650 plus GST per month to stay the dry fruit within the cold storage.

Indian raisins have a large opportunity to be demanded in foreign market and exports can be initiated for the same. As the preferred supplier for raisins, Vishaka Raisins with utmost purity to the markets around the world. to get Indian origin raisins product in bulk amounts, you’ll contact Vishaka Raisins.

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