A grape nut shortage is expected to hit India soon, with growers facing a shortage of around 20% of the crop.
But it is not the first time a crop shortage has hit the country, with many in the country blaming poor management on the government for causing the problem.
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of the grapes you grow.
Grow in the sun 2.
Grow at low temperatures 3.
Use pesticides to prevent disease spreading4.
Get a reliable supply of water5.
Make sure your grapes are healthy and that they are free of pests6.
Use fertilisers to reduce the number of insects that may be present in your crop7.
Grow your grapes in a way that allows the plant to reach its full potential8.
Use organic fertilisers9.
Grow grapes from seed to harvestIn the early days of the grape industry, growers were able to use common tools like hand-pump and sieve to harvest the grapes.
In today’s agricultural landscape, many growers are now relying on modern equipment to harvest grapes.
Grapes have become increasingly popular for home-growing purposes, as they have the potential to grow up to 5 times larger than their traditional counterparts.
However, the crop is currently under pressure due to the lack of soil moisture, which makes it prone to disease.
The most popular grape varieties in India include Bordeaux, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
It is worth noting that the term ‘bordeaux’ does not mean white grapes.
It means grape varieties that have been bred to have more pronounced white skins, which is a characteristic that makes the grape more attractive to wine producers.
The grapes can be harvested in several ways, with most commonly the harvesting method being sieve.
However the process is not as simple as simply sieving the grapes, as the sieve can also be used to harvest smaller pieces of fruit.
The sieve is usually placed in a bucket or trough, which can then be moved through the garden by hand.
The buckets are then filled with water to prevent pests from entering.
In the process, the water can be diluted to remove any excess moisture.
The sieve, which needs to be filled once every three weeks, can be filled with approximately 4 litres of water per bucket.
Grapes are then dried by placing them in a basket or other container, as well as using a light shade to ensure the grapes are not exposed to sunlight.
Once the sieving is complete, the grapes can then either be sieved, dried or stored in a cool, dry location until the harvest.
The amount of water required is dependent on the number and variety of grapes grown.
The optimum amount of sieving time varies with the grapes used, as is the amount of sun that the sieves can be kept in.
The optimal time to sieve a grape is between October and April, with sieving periods ranging from two to four weeks.
If sieving occurs during summer, the sorters must then keep the sieved grapes at a temperature of between 20C and 25C.
In summer, this can be up to 70C, and is normally reached when the sorter has collected all the grapes to ensure they have not been damaged by pests.
Grape growers also take into account the length of the sifting period when deciding on the sorting process.
The length of sifting is determined by the size of the fruit.
The larger the fruit, the longer the sipping period.
Once sieved fruits have been picked, they are left to dry in a dry place for up to three days before being picked again.
The fruit will then be sorted by hand by the sippers before being packaged.
Sorters typically work for around 30 hours per week, with average sieving times being between two and five days.
Sorters can work in shifts to help ensure their sifting work is completed efficiently.
Some growers are able to work longer hours to ensure their work is done in the shortest time possible.
Some of the biggest challenges in sieving are the length and difficulty of the sorting process, and the lack to store and transport the fruits.
While sieving can be an enjoyable and easy task, there are also challenges to sieving in the long run.
There are some growers that have gone as far as to use a sieve that will be used for over 1,000 years to harvest their grapes.
Some have even resorted to digging trenches around the area where the sivers are located to store the fruits until they are ready for pick.
Some growers use sieves that are more suited for sieving grapes that are less susceptible to pests.
However even this can become problematic when a sieving job involves handling or storing the fruits for more than three weeks.
Grown grapes have a tendency to take longer to sift, so growers have to take extra precautions to avoid picking the wrong