The rising export trend for Indian garlic started last year. In 2016-2017 the export value of garlic increased by 92% compared to the previous year to a record high of 3.07 billion rupees (40.2 million euros). The Indian garlic export exploded thanks to its decline in China, the world’s largest producer. Garlic became the most sought-after product in India’s herbal export.
In the first quarter of the year, India exported 18,000 tonnes, valued at 1.2 billion rupees (16.2 million euros). This was a huge increase of 169% in terms of quantity and 107% in value. It was the largest growth in Indian herbal export, including other high-scoring products such as chili powder, cumin.
“The Chinese garlic prices dropped last year to $ 1,200 (1,016 euros) per ton, while Indian garlic prices ranged from 600 to 900 dollars (500-760 euros) per ton in the first quarter. the demand for Indian garlic increased enormously, “says Vijay Hotwani of Varchasva Agro, an exporter from Madhya Pradesh.
The rising export trend of Indian garlic started last year. In 2016-2017 the export value of garlic increased by 92% compared to the previous year to a record high of 3.07 billion rupees (40.2 million euros). The amount of 32,200 tons saw an increase of 39%. Until 2015-2016, Indian garlic exports amounted to less than 1 billion rupees (13 million euro).
“Several countries in Africa have been importing from India in recent years, while Asian countries such as Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam are now buying in India because of the conflict in the South China Sea, and most of our garlic is shipped to Thailand via Malaysia.” says Vinay Agarwal of Ginny Food, a major exporter.
Normally the garlic is harvested in India in February, giving the country a head start on China, which brings its harvest to the world market about four months later. This year both the Indian harvest and the Chinese -of a few months ago- were good.
As a result, both exporters believe that high export growth is unlikely to be sustained in the coming months, although the first quarter looks promising. “Prices for garlic from China have fallen to around 300 to 700 dollars (254-592 euros) per tonne, almost the same as in India,” Hotwani said. China produces nearly 70% of the garlic worldwide and is also the largest exporter. India comes a long way with a production of more than 1.2 million tons, the majority of which is used in-house.
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