India has exported cucumber and gherkins to the tune of over one lakh 23 thousand metric tonnes with a value of 114 million US dollar during April to October 2020-21.
Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a statement said that India has crossed 200 million US dollar mark of export of agricultural processed product- pickling cucumber, which is globally referred as gherkins or cornichons, in the last financial year.
In 2020-21, India had shipped over 2 lakh 23 thousand metric tonnes of cucumber and gherkins with a value of 223 million US dollar.
Gherkins is currently exported to more than 20 countries including USA, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Russia and China.
Apart from its export potential, the gherkin industry plays a key role in the creation of rural employment.
In India, cultivation of gherkins is carried out under contract farming by around 90,000 small and marginal farmers with an annual production area of 65,000 acres.
Gherkins are exported under two categories -- cucumbers and gherkins.
Gherkin cultivation, processing and exports started in India during the early 1990s with a modest beginning in Karnataka and later extended to the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
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