Among all the goods shipped from our country, agricultural products exported from India have a substantial demand in the global market. Despite the era of the Covid-19 Pandemic from 2020, India’s agricultural exports grew by 20% during 2021-22, amassing a growth of $50.21 billion.
The nation does not fall back on the agro-exports sector, and various institutes including APEDA (Agriculture and Processed food products export development authority and Commodity boards like Rubber Board, Spicer Board, and Coffee Board are active in promoting the export of agricultural products. Some of the leading countries that import from India are the UAE, Vietnam, the US, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, and Bangladesh among many more. This makes it the perfect time for exporters to invest in agricultural products that can be shipped overseas successfully.
Globally, there are a noteworthy number of agro-products manufacturers in India that are highly sought after. A broad spectrum of commodities falls into this category, including cereal, fruits, and vegetables. In the financial year 2022, the first half saw basmati & non-basmati rice along with spices among the leading agricultural products exported from India.
For context, rice exports earned $9.65 billion, and wheat exports rose from $567 million to $2.2 billion from FY 2021 to FY 2022. Alongside this, the export of dairy products jumped from $323 million to $634 million subsequently. Overall, agricultural products exported from India see a 19.92% growth and reach $50.21 billion.
But what are the top agro-products that have amassed this value through international export? Here is a list of the most exported agricultural products from India, and their breakdown:
List of Highly Demanded Agricultural Products Exported from India
1. Non-Basmati Rice
More than 1000 varieties of rice exist in the world. Most of those are made in India! The second most exported agricultural product in the financial year 2022 was Non-Basmati rice, which includes any other types of rice except Basmati. Non-Basmati rice worth 456.5 billion Indian rupees was exported from India during 2021-22.
Since 2013-14, India’s sugar export has grown by a whopping 291%. The financial year 2022 saw sugar being most exported to Indonesia, followed by Bangladesh, Sudan, and the UAE. The market liquidity of sugar mills has improved by Rs 33,000 crore in this year only, with sugar export crossing 10 million tonnes which is why it ranks high on the list of agricultural products exported from India. Sugar exports worth 343.48 billion Indian rupees were carried out during 2021-22. This is one of the most popular agricultural products exported from India.
3. Basmati Rice
All types of rice are extremely in-demand agricultural products worldwide, especially those that come from India. Around two-thirds of Indian, Basmati rice production is exported globally. Some varieties of exported Basmati Rice include Karnal local, Basmati 370, and Basmati 385 among many more. If you lead high-quality rice in the world, you can attain a beneficial price from International Markets. During the financial year 2022, Basmati rice fetched 264.15 billion Indian rupees through export.
4. Castor Oil
Our country is the largest producer of castor oil, which is why it ranks high on the list of agricultural products exported from India.
In the financial year 2021-22, castor oil worth 87.54 billion Indian rupees was exported.
5. Misc. Processed Items
These include processed items such as Dried soups, ice cream, sauces, masalas, powders, soft drink concentrates, mineral water, etc. Misc. processed items worth 86.8 billion Indian rupees were exported from India during 2021-22.
6. Other Cereal
In the world, our nation grows the largest amount of cereal. It’s no secret that there is a huge global demand for cereal, and that’s why this is one of the most popular agricultural products exported from India. This category includes cereals such as Paddy, Sorghum, Millet, Barley, etc. Export worth 343.48 billion Indian rupees was carried out with Indian cereals during 2021-22.
7. Fresh Fruits & Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Fruits and Fresh Vegetables are some of the most exported agricultural products from India. In 2021-22, the total revenue for fresh fruits was 65.61 billion Indian Rupees and 59.8 billion Indian rupees respectively. Fruits like Bananas, Pomegranates, Grapes, Mangoes, Watermelons, Muskmelons, Guavas, and Custard Apples are some famously agricultural products exported from India.
Similarly, vegetables such as Onions, chilies, Green Lemons, Ginger, Drum Sticks, Suran (Elephant foot yam), and Tondli (Ivy Gourd) are popular globally.
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Apart from these products, there are still a few agricultural products exported from India that have a significant value and demand in global markets. Several agro, confectionaries and packaged food products are all in high demand in Africa alongside Gulf countries, making Africa a huge potential market for Indian exporters. In a case like this, it becomes important to identify importers who are willing to buy from you.
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