ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF RAISIN INDUSTRY IN SANGLI DISTRICT OF MAHARASHTRA By Gaikwad S.B.[1] and Gade A.D. [2]

Abstract

Raisin is the second most important product of the grapevine, wine being the first. Grape growers of Sangli district are expertise in quality raisin making .Therefore market gluts and fail of prices of grape is common. However, as grape is of perishable nature, many times when the production of grape is much more and sufficient domestic market is not available for sale of grapes, farmers have to sustain heavy financial losses. Further, as process of grapes production basically requires major capital investment, if sale or export of grape is not possible in time, farmers do suffer a lot. In such situation the maximum benefits from grape cultivation can be derived by establishing the processing industries for production of value added products like good quality wine, raisin and juice which has market potential for domestic as well as international market. Raisin is a popular dry fruit item with shelf life of around 6 months if stored properly, taking in  to consideration the present paper aims to analyze an economics of production and value addition to raisin grapes. The Major constraints faced by processing firm were cost of raw material, availability of labour and price fluctuation of raisin and unavailability of raw material during off season. This study suggests that government should take necessary action to guard the investors of raisin industry.  

 Keywords: Raisin grape, Production cost, net returns, Cost benefit ratio and Economics of raisin.

[1] Research Guide, Asso. Prof. & Head, Dept of Geography, Miraj Mahavidyalaya, Miraj, Dist-Sangli-416410(M.S.)

[2] Asst. Prof. UGC Teacher fellow in Geography, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Karad, Dist: Satara-415124 (M.S.)

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