Agriculture and Food Industry In India

Last Updated: July, 2018

Introduction

India’s agrarian culture and varied regional climate have significantly contributed to the global food basket.

Indian curries, mangoes, snacks and spices are known for their excellent quality across the globe. Globally, India leads the following food segments: 

  • India stands first in the production of bananas (29.285 million tonnes), papayas (6.181 million tonnes) and mangoes (20.515 million tonnes).
  • Guavas production amounted to 3.864 million tonnes.
  • India is the largest milk producer in the world (165.4 million tonnes)
  • India has the largest buffalo population (108.7 million)
  • India is the largest pulses producer in the world (24.51 million tonnes (3rd AE 2017-18)
  • Among vegetables, India ranks second in world (182.034 million tonnes), and first in the production of Okra (6.073 million tonnes)

Export Highlights

During 2017-18, exports of agricultural and processed food products totalled US$ 18.43 billion. During the period, export of cereals accounted for 43.6 per cent of the total exports, followed by livestock products (25 per cent), other processed foods (15.94 per cent), fresh fruits and vegetables (8.20 per cent), processed fruits and vegetables (6.27 per cent) and floriculture and seeds (0.99 per cent)

Indian agricultural/horticultural and processed foods are exported to more than 100 countries/regions; chief among them are the Middle East, Southeast Asia, SAARC countries, the EU and the US.

Recent Development

Ministry of Commerce & Industry is going to introduce an “Agriculture Export Policy” which will aim at doubling the agricultural exports from the country and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural products to the global value chain.

AGRICULTURAL AND PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCTS EXPORT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) plays a significant role in tapping India’s agricultural strengths and works towards expanding the export potential of Indian agricultural and food products.

During April 2016-February 2017, exports of agricultural and processed food products totalled US$ 14.275 billion.

Source:
APEDA

Other Export Promotion Councils:

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.

Apeda

NCUI Building 3,
Siri Institutional Area,
August Kranti Marg,
New Delhi - 110016,
India

Tel.: +91-11-26513204
Fax: +91-11-26526187
Email: headq@apeda.gov.in
Website: www.apeda.gov.in

During April 2016-February 2017, exports of agricultural and processed food products totalled US$ 14.275 billion.

Source:
APEDA

Exports

Agriculture and Food