Shellac and Forest Products Industry in India

Last Updated: July, 2018

Introduction

India produces a variety of non-timber forest/agricultural products (NTFPs), and has a global footprint in the export of such produce.

Some of India's noteworthy produce includes:

  • Sesame seeds: Food applications, Ayurvedic health treatments. India exported sesame seeds worth US$ 463.90 million in 2017-18
  • Guar gum: Emulsifier, thickener, stabilizer for a wide range of foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. India exported guargum worth US$ 646.94 million in 2017-18.
  • Shellac: Wood polish, food and drug coatings, cosmetics. Exports of Shellac from India stood at US$ 44.53 million in 2017-18.
  • Tendu leaf:Bidi wrapping
  • Tree-borne oil seeds: Biodiesel, medicines, dyes, tanning, fertilizers, pest control, varnish
  • Medicinal plants: Cosmetics and medicines
  • Bamboo, rattans and canes: Furniture, handicraft, 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. India produces large volumes of NTFPs that are globally acknowledged for their quality. Moreover, NTFPs play a large role in contributing to the lives of millions of rural and forest-dependent poor people. Guar gum, vegetable saps and sesame seeds are some of the major export items. The main export destinations for guar gum are the US, China and Germany.

SHELLAC AND FOREST PRODUCTS EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL (SHEFEXIL)

SHEFEXIL was formerly known as 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.

India is the largest exporter of guar gum, sesame seeds and shellac, and the second-largest exporter of medicinal plants in the world.

Source:
Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL)

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

Shefexil

“Vanijya Bhawan” International Trade
Facilitation Centrea
1/1 Wood Street, 2nd Floor
Kolkata –700016
West Bengal
India

Tel.:+91-33-22834417
Fax: +91-33-22834699
Email: sepc@vsnl.net
Website: www.shellacepc.com

India is the largest exporter of guar gum, sesame seeds and shellac, and the second-largest exporter of medicinal plants in the world.

Source:
Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL)

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Shellac and Forest Products Industry in India