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Largest producer of fruits such as Mangoes, Bananas, Papaya, and Guavas.
Second largest producer of vegetables such as Onions, Potatoes, Green peas, Tomatoes, Cabbage, and Cauliflower.
Major Export
The major export destinations for Indian fruits and vegetables are Bangladesh, UAE, Netherlands, Nepal, Malaysia & UK.

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  • FDI Norms

    100% FDI is allowed under the Food Processing Sector. Moreover, this sector attracted over $10 Bn of FDI during April 2000 - March 2020.
    FDI Allowed

    FDI Allowed

    Did you Know?

    The food processing sector was opened to 100% foreign direct investment in 2016 under the automatic route. Further, in 2017, 100% FDI under the Government route for retail trading, including through e-commerce, is permitted in respect of food products manufactured and/or produced in India.

    Government Support


    As per the latest revision in the GST rates, of the all food categories taken together under different chapter heads/subheads, 36% of the food items have been exempted from GST (0%) and 37% of the food items shall attract GST of 5%. Hence, almost 73% of the food items are under lowest tax slab of 0% or 5%.

    Income Tax

    Setting up and operating a cold chain facility; and setting up and operating warehousing facility for storage of agricultural produce: Deduction to the extent of 150% is allowed for expenditure incurred on investment Under Section 35- AD of the Income Tax Act 1961.

    Custom Duty

    All goods related to Food Processing, imported as part of the Project Import, irrespective of their tariff classification, are entitled to uniform assessment at concessional basic customs duty of 5%. Concessional 5% Basic Customs Duty (BCD) available under project imports for cold storage, including pre-cooling unit, pack houses, sorting and grading lines and ripening chambers. Customs duty reduced from 10% to 5% for refrigerated containers. Exemption of import duty for Import of Raw material/Intermediate Food Items against the export of finished products under advance authorization scheme of the Department of Commerce.


    A special fund of INR. 2000 crore has been set up in National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to provide credit at affordable rates to boost food processing sector.  Loans are extended up to 95% of the eligible project cost for entities promoted by the State Governments while other categories of promoters are extended loans up to 75% of the project cost.

    Trade Scenario

    During 2018-19, India exported fruits and vegetables worth $1,469.33 mn which comprised of fruits worth $692.01 mn and vegetables worth $777.25 mn.

    India is also a major exporter of fruits to the world. The country has exported 372213.73 MT of fresh fruits other than Grapes and Mangoes to the world for the worth of $262.36 mn during the year 2018-19. Major Export Destinations (2018-19): U Arab Emts,Bangladesh Pr,Nepal,Oman & Saudi Arab.
    Further, India is also a prominent exporter of fresh mangoes to the world. The country has exported 46510.27 MT of fresh mangoes to the world for the worth $60.26 mn during the year 2018-19. Major Export Destinations (2018-19): U Arab Emts, U K, Oman, Qatar and USA.
    Also, Grape is one of the important fruit covering an area of 123 thousand hectares occupying 2.01 % of the total area. The country is also a major exporter of fresh Grapes to the world. The country has exported 246133.79 MT of Grapes to the world for the worth $334.79 mn during the year 2018-19 . Major Export Destinations (2018-19): Netherland, Russia, U K, Bangladesh Pr, and Germany.

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    Product Profiles

    India is the second largest producer of onion in the world. Indian onions are famous for their pungency and are available round the year. Indian onions has two crop cycles, first harvesting starts in November to January and the second harvesting from January to May.
    The major varieties of onions found in India are Agrifound Dark Red, Agrifound Light Red, NHRDF Red, Agrifound White, Agrifound Rose and Agrifound Red , Pusa Ratnar, Pusa Red, Pusa White Round. There are certain varieties in yellow onion which are suitable for export in European countries Tana F1, Arad-H, Suprex, Granex 55, HA 60 and Granex 429.
    There is a huge demand of Indian Onion in the world, the country has exported 2182826.23 MT of fresh onion to the world for the worth of $497.94 mn during the year 2018-19. Major Export Destinations (2018-19) are Bangladesh Pr, Malaysia,U Arab Emts, Sri Lanka Dsr and Nepal.
    Moreover, Modern packhouses for sorting, grading and packing of the quality onions are available at production zones. Guidelines has been framed to determine the compliance with maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the identified pesticides.

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