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Fruits and vegetables import value into India FY 2011-2020

With more than a billion people to feed, India ranks second in the production of fruits and vegetables in the world. Despite this, the value of fruit and vegetable imports in the country amounted to over 157 billion Indian rupees in fiscal year 2020. More than 16 percent of the total imports of fruits and vegetables in the country came from China in 2017.

Mouths to feed

With the population expected to cross the 1.4 billion mark in 2024, the demand for food can only be expected to go up. Not just for its own residents, but there is a high demand worldwide for products from a country where agriculture was still the main source of income for almost 70 percent of the population. The export value of fresh and processed vegetables was more than one billion U.S. dollars in 2016, with palm and soybean being the most exported vegetable oils.

Saying no to health

With attractive advertisements combined with cheap deals from fast food chains, the younger generation seems to be the least interested in munching on fruits and vegetables. The fruit and vegetable consumption in the country as part of a meal was estimated to decline to less than five percent in the fiscal year 2021. Despite the blow dealt from the introduction of GST and demonetization, India’s fast food stations and quick service restaurants are back on track and are shaping the demographics of the future of the agricultural sector.

Value of fruits and vegetables imported into India from financial year 2011 to 2019, with an estimate for 2020

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

FY 2011 to FY 2019

Supplementary notes

India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2016 started in April 2015 and ended in March 2016.
One Indian rupee is equal to 0.014 U.S dollars and 0.011 euros (as of January 2021).

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