To promote fruit wines in a significant way, the government of Uttar Pradesh has made arrangements to promote wine production units in the state’s 2021-22 excise policy, senior officials said. Although the UP has a wine policy, the state does not have a single wine unit.
Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy told FE that at least a dozen winemaking units are expected to see the light of day in the state’s major fruit-growing regions soon. The All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) led by Jagdish Holkar met with the Additional Chief Secretary last week about the tax issues faced by wineries across the country and offered to help l ‘State to set up wine units.
“Several subtropical fruits like mango, jamun, jackfruit, guava, grapes, lychee, amla and papaya are grown in UP and the huge quantities produced are not even fully utilized. Much of the produce is wasted due to the lack of proper storage facilities for the fruit, ”Bhoosreddy said after a meeting with several industry representatives to brief them on incentives offered by the state to set up wine units.
“If wineries are set up here, the industry will get a boost through incentives, farmers will get the right price for their produce, and the state will earn income from the sale of wine. More importantly, most of the fruit will also be used, ”he said.
Under the new excise policy, wine made from fruit produced in the state is free of matching fees and additional matching fees for the next five years. This should encourage units to move up in the state, he added. The promotion of wineries is part of the government’s efforts to increase farm income.
Excise Commissioner Senthil Pandiyan C said efforts are being made to identify districts where fruit cultivation is high and products are not being fully utilized so that wineries can be established in those areas.
Anil Sawhney, owner of Godson Organic Farm in Bareilly, proposed to create the state’s first pilot cellar. The idea is to set up a demonstration model that can be seen by other farmers and replicated in their villages to promote agrotourism.
Bhoosreddy said the state would host an investors meeting in November that would invite the country’s top wineries in addition to top investors, and states like Maharashtra and Goa that can invest in the state.
The AIWPA will make a presentation at the meeting to inform investors about the procedure for creating a wine estate.