India produces a variety of non-timber forest/ agricultural products (NTFP) and has a global footprint in the export of such produce.
Some of India's noteworthy produce includes:
- Sesame seeds: Food applications
- Guar gum: Emulsifier, thickener, stabilizer for a wide range of foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals
- Shellac: Wood polish, food and drug coatings, cosmetics
- Tendu leaf: Bidi wrapping
- Tree-borne oil seeds: Bio-diesel, medicines, dyes, tanning, fertilizers, pest control, varnish
- Medicinal plants: Cosmetics and medicines
- Bamboo, rattans and canes: Furniture, handicrafts, housing, food, paper
- Isabgol: Purgative
Key Markets and Export Destinations
- India has been recording consistent growth in the export of NTFP over the last five years. It is the largest exporter of guar gum, sesame seeds and shellac, and the second-largest exporter of medicinal plants in the world.
- In the duration of May to June 2014, India exported Shellac worth US$ 2,197,561. The major importer of Indian shellac is Iraq at 21.3 per cent of the total shellac exports, followed by the US at 13.35 per cent.
- India’s sesame seed production for 2014-15 is expected to gain by 130 per cent on high acreage and increase in yield. India exported 299,482 tonnes sesame seed in 2013-14.
Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL)
SHEFEXIL was formerly known as the Shellac Export Promotion Council, which had been working in partnership with the industry since 1957 as the catalysing agency for the long-term development and export promotion of shellac and lac-based products. The objective of the council is to realise the full potential of India’s NTFP exports through collective action, create a global brand for Indian NTFP, etc.