Nov 28: India’s grape exports to China is expected to increase 200% in quantity and value terms, according to APEDA and PHDCCI. Presently, India exports 600 metric tonnes to China.
At a Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) organised by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Paban K Borthakur, Chairman of APEDA said that APEDA is making all efforts to expand exports to China. “The collective efforts of Ministry of Commerce and Industry through APEDA in association with the grape growing states, and the National Research Centre for grapes is making efforts to improve the quality of fresh grapes. The promotional schemes of Central and State Governments will boost the export of Indian grapes and other tropical fruits.”
Ms Zhong Lishan, From Guangdong China Imported food Association and the leader of the Chinese delegation in her presentation said that China is keen to increase import of grapes from India based on increasing demand for grapes in China which is at present from other destinations like Chile and USA.
The program was joined by Shri V Chaturvedi, Joint DGFT, representatives of the state horticulture department and National Research Centre Grapes. After this BSM and field visits to Vineyards in Nashik, it is expected that exports will rise to around 1000 MT (approx. 2.60 Million USD) this year and reach a level of 2000 MT, approximating a value of 5.2 USD by next year.