New Delhi: The Spice Board said on 14 January exports of tamarind are likely to log an impressive 10% growth this year, though shipments to America, a major market, may come down.
“Tamarind exports are likely to surge by 10% in 2007-08 on account of rising export orders,” Spice Board director (marketing), S Kannan told PTI in an interview.
“Export orders for Indian tamarind is picking up, especially from the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” he said.
Last year, exports of tamarind rose 26.19% to Rs3,884.50 lakh as compared to Rs3,078.20 lakh in 2005-06. India shipped a total 17,488.78 tonnes to 50 countries.
According to official data, India exported 3,942.73 tonnes to the UAE, 2,180.65 tonnes to Saudi Arabia, 1,881.90 tonnes to Bangladesh, 1,707 tonnes to Syria and 1,247.40 tonnes to Egypt.
Interestingly, the export price of the commodity to Brazil stood highest at Rs49.50 per kg and the lowest was Bangladesh at Rs5.92 per kg.
The Board said it is upbeat about the exports despite some hurdles from the US.
Kannan said tamarind exports to American markets are suffering a setback due to higher shipments costs, especially the testing and treatment fee of the commodity at entry level.
India is the world’s top producer, exporting several thousands of tonnes of seed, seed powder and fruit pulp each year. Tamarind, which comes under the fruit category in the US, is largely cultivated in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.