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India emerges as largest exporter of cucumber, gherkins in the world

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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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