With uncertain and changing weather patterns, at least two of the major agro- exports from Maharashtra, namely, mangoes and grapes may have suffered in production.
It is estimated that while mango exports might see a slight increase, export of grapes will barely meet the levels of last year.
It is said that nearly 60 per cent of the more than 55,000 metric tonnes of mangoes exported by India come from Maharashtra.
However, this season, the mango produce has been hit by unseasonal rains.
This has resulted in almost 40 percent dip by rough estimates in the production output.
Marker sources said that the shortfall in production has driven prices up and the Alphonso mangoes are selling at a wholesale price of Rs 700-800 per dozen.
While export season for mangoes is off to a shaky start, the season for grapes is almost over.>
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