Harvesting is done in the
early hours of the morning when ambient temperatures are low.
Bunches of grapes are carefully placed in a single layer in
crates and are kept in the shade.
Removal of unwanted berries, watered, small berries and
grading bunches as per size and colour are undertaken.
Those falling short of preset parameters and standards are discarded.
The grapes are packed in corrugated boxes under supervised
and hygenic conditions at the farm itself and are then
transported to societies.
Pic: SO2 Pads inserted in the carton
help in keeping the grapes free
from storage fungus.
Boxes used to pack grapes.
Packed boxes are transported to the Member societies in
Covered vehicles (Refridgerated / Ordinary) for
Pic: The Infrastructure at one of the member societies.
pre-cooled to 2 degrees C to prolong it's shelf life from 60
days to 90 days. Each of our member societies are provided with
a pre-cooling unit.
by forced-air cooling method.
Pre-cooled grapes are then packed
in corrugated boxes in 4.5/5/9 kgs and kept in cold storage.
Boxes are specially designed
with perforations to allow cool air to pass through. The
boxes are palletized to facilitate easy handling.
The 40ft. reefer containers are pre-cooled to 2 degrees C
and then are filled with the packed produce under supervision
of an Central Excise & Customs supervisor.
Pic: 40ft Reefer Container
filled with Pre-cooled
grapes leaving for the port.
Containers are then sealed at site by the Central Excise
Inspector / Superintendent.
Thereafter, the boxes containing
the grapes are stuffed in the container. Prior to stuffing
the conditions of the grapes are checked by surveyors appointed
by the shipping companies. The container is then sealed
by Central Excise and Customs Inspector.
containers are then transported and shipped to
various destinations as per the directives of Mahagrapes.