Export of guavas has risen to $ 2.09 million in April-January 2021-22 against $ 0.58 million in April-January 2013-14, the commerce ministry said.
India’s export of fresh fruits has also witnessed considerable growth. Major exporting destinations of fresh fruits include Bangladesh, the Netherlands, the UAE, the UK, Nepal, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.
The export of curd (yogurt) and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) has also increased from $ 10 million in April–January 2013-14 to $ 30 million in April-January 2021-22. Major exporting destinations for dairy products are the UAE , Bangladesh, the US, Bhutan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman and Indonesia.
Meanwhile, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal appealed to the spices industry to focus on the quality of products and aspire to double exports to $ 10 billion in the next five years. In the last fiscal, the country exported spices and spices products worth about $ 5 billion.
He also called for focus on packaging and branding of Indian spices as it would help in further pushing the exports. The minister said that instead of targeting $ 10 billion of exports by 2030, “let us aspire to double our exports to $ 10 billion in the next five years by 2027 and then further double our exports” by 2032, he said while interacting with farmers and exporters at an event organised for marking the foundation day of the Spices Board.
“We are willing to set up laboratories anywhere and everywhere across the country in partnership with BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) or FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India),” the minister said.
India exports spices to about 180 destinations and exports have increased from $ 230 million in 1987 tpp about $ 5 billion. Demand is increasing for spices such as turmeric, ginger, coriander and cumin. So far 26 Indian spices have received GI (Geographical Indication) tag like Coorg’s green cardamom, Mizo ginger, and Kanniyakumari cloves.