|AEZ FOR GRAPE AND GRAPE WINE IN MAHARASHTRA|
Maharashtra is the largest grape producing state in the country. To export table variety of grapes as well as the value added products like wine in a coordinated manner, the Govt. of Maharashtra has put up a proposal for setting up of Agri Export Zone in encompassing districts of Nasik, Sangli, Pune, Solapur, Satara and Ahmed Nagar. It is also proposed to set up Maharashtra Grape Board (MGB), an autonomous development agency which will work as a facilitator to ensure a smooth and orderly development of the grape industry in the state. The project in the first stage, entails a total cost of Rs. 3.50 crore out of which 2.35 crore will come from various Central Govt. agencies like APEDA, National Horticulture Board, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Agriculture. The rest of the expenditure will be borne by the State Government. It is expected that in the next Five years a total exports of more than Rs. 68 crores will take place.