India emerges as world’s largest exporter of cucumber, gherkins

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2022-01-23 11:14:21

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India emerges as world’s largest exporter of cucumber, gherkins


  • India has crossed the USD 200 million mark of export of the agricultural processed product
  • Pickling cucumber is globally known as gherkins or cornichons
  • In 2020-21, India had shipped 2,23,515 metric tonnes of cucumber and gherkins

India has emerged as the most important exporter of gherkins on the earth. India has exported cucumber and gherkins to the tune of 1,23,846 metric tonnes with a worth of USD 114 million throughout April-October (2020-21). India has crossed the USD 200 million mark of export of agricultural processed product- pickling cucumber, which is globally referred as gherkins or cornichons, within the final monetary yr.

In 2020-21, India had shipped 2,23,515 metric tonnes of cucumber and gherkins with a worth of USD 223 million.

Following instructions of the Division of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Trade, the Agricultural and Processed Meals Merchandise Export Growth Authority (APEDA) undertook a collection of initiatives in infrastructure improvement, product promotion within the world market and adherence to meals security administration system in processing items.

Gherkins are exported below two classes — cucumbers and gherkins, that are ready and preserved by vinegar or acetic acid and cucumbers and gherkins, that are provisionally preserved.

Gherkin cultivation, processing and exports began in India throughout the early Nineties with a modest starting in Karnataka and later prolonged to the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Almost 15 per cent manufacturing of the world’s gherkin requirement is grown in India.

Gherkins is at the moment exported to greater than 20 nations, with main locations being North America, European nations and Oceanic nations akin to USA, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Russia, China, Sri Lanka and Israel.

Aside from its export potential, the gherkin business performs a key position within the creation of rural employment. In India, cultivation of gherkins is carried out below contract farming by round 90,000 small and marginal farmers with an annual manufacturing space of 65,000 acres.

Processed gherkins are exported in bulk as industrial uncooked materials and in jars as able to eat. 

The majority manufacturing remains to be occupying a excessive share of the gherkin market. In India, there are about 51 main firms producing and exporting gherkins in drums and ready-to-eat client packs.

APEDA has performed a major position within the promotion of export of processed greens and it has been offering monetary help for the event of infrastructure and enhancing the standard of processed gherkins, merchandise promotion within the worldwide market and implementation of meals security administration techniques within the processing items.

On a median, a gherkin farmer produces 4 metric tonne per acre per crop and earns about Rs 80,000 with a internet earnings of Rs 40,000. 

Gherkin has a 90-day crop and the farmers take two crops yearly. Processing crops of worldwide requirements have been established right here to cater to the requirement of overseas consumers.

All of the gherkin manufacturing and exporting firms are both ISO, BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000 licensed and HACCP licensed or possess all of the certifications. Lots of the Firms have adopted Social Audits. 

This ensures all statutory advantages are given to the Workers.

The APEDA can be specializing in worth addition of gherkins to extend the export worth of the product. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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