Kochi: The exports of Indian spices and spice products surged to Rs 21,515.4 crore (US $3033.44 million) with a volume of 11,83,000 tonne in 2019-20.
The spices export during 2019-20 exceeded the fixed target both in terms of volume, rupee value and in dollar terms.
Against the export target of 10,75,000 MT valued at Rs 19,666.90 crore (US $2850.28 m) for the year 2019-20, at the end of the fiscal there was an increase of eight per cent in volume, ten per cent in rupee terms and eight per cent in dollar terms.
Spices Board Secretary A D Sathiyan said the country has fulfilled the increasing international demand for its quality spices in the face of tough competition in the global market.
“In view of the global pandemic situation, the demand for quality Indian spices is on the rise for their immunity-boosting properties”, said Sathiyan.
During 2019-20, 225 spice items were exported, against 219 items in 2018-19.
In the basket of spices, chilli, mint products, cumin, spice oils, oleoresins, and turmeric continued to be the major items contributing 80 per cent of the total earnings.
Though Indian spices are exported to 185 countries, China (24 per cent), the US (16 per cent), Bangladesh (six per cent), Thailand (five per cent), UAE (six per cent), Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the UK, Indonesia, and Germany are the major takers contributing over 70 per cent to the export earnings.
Chilli continued to be the most in demand spice in FY 2019-20 with exports of 4,84,000 tonne amounting to Rs 6,221.70 crore, registering an increase of 15 per cent in value. Cumin was the second most exported spice, recording an increase of 16 per cent in volume and 12 per cent in value. A total volume of 2,10,000 tonne of cumin valued at Rs 3,225 crore was exported from India in 2019-20.
The spice which showed the maximum increase as compared to the previous financial year was ginger, registering a 178 per cent increase in volume and 129 per cent in value at 50,410 tonne and Rs 449.05 crore respectively.
The export of large cardamom went up by 28 per cent in volume and 11 per cent in value and 1,100 tonne of the spice was exported crossing Rs 67.58 crore in value terms in 2019-20.