India's fruit and vegetable imports by value FY 2011-2018

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 approximately 135 billion Indian rupees in fiscal year 2018. 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 India's fruit and vegetable imports from FY 2011 to FY 2018

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Release date

September 2018

Region

India

Survey time period

FY 2011 to FY 2018

Special properties

India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2012 started in April 2011 and ended in March 2012.

Supplementary notes

One Indian rupee is equal to 0.013 euros and 0.015 U.S. dollars (as of April 2019).

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