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India's locally produced dry fruits and nuts are not of the same quality as the imported ones. There is thus room for biogenetic technology as well as products in bulk as well as packaged.


Nuts and dry fruits (excluding cashew)

(in million tonnes or million metric tons)

Nuts and dry fruits (excluding cashew) 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97
Total local output 0.044 0.046 0.046
Total exports 0.006 0.007 0.007
Total imports 0.026 0.028 0.030
Source: Independent studies
Year ending 31st March

 

Sub-sector prospects
In-shell almonds Excellent prospects
Walnuts Good prospects, but seek advice
Pistachios Good prospects, but seek advice
Raisins Good prospects, but seek advice
Prunes Seek advice

Points to be noted:

  • There are excellent prospects for exporting in-shell almonds to India. The US is the dominant supplier with approximately a 90 per cent market share.

  • Exporting nuts and dry fruits in bulk and having them repackaged in consumer packs presents an excellent opportunity. The packs can be sold locally or exported to other countries.

  • Relatively high import duties remain a barrier, but if the stated purpose is to repackage in smaller units in free trade zones and export them out, the duties are inapplicable.

  • Locally produced dry fruits and nuts are not of the same quality as the imported ones. There is thus room for biogenetic technology exports to India in the long term and export of products, bulk as well as packaged, in the short-to-medium term.

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