Despite COVID related challenges, several steps are being taken to increase India’s export. Very recently, a consignment of 24 metric tonnes (MT) of groundnuts was exported to Nepal from West Bengal, opening a window of possibilities of boosting groundnut exports from the eastern region.
Sourced from the farmers of the West Midnapore district of West Bengal, the consignment was exported by APEDA registered Laduram Promoters Pvt Ltd, Kolkata.
While states like Gujarat and Rajasthan traditionally have a major share in groundnut exports. This export from West Bengal boost exports potential of the crop from the eastern region.
India exported 6.38 lakh tonnes (worth of Rs 5381 crore) of groundnuts during 2020-21. The groundnuts are exported to mostly countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Russia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Nepal.
Through initiatives such as peanut.NET, APEDA has streamlined the exports of groundnuts through measures including buyer registration, batch processing by APEDA registered peanut units, application for certificate of export and stuffing certificate by exporter, Aflatoxin analysis and issue of stuffing certificate by laboratories, issuance of certificate of exports by APEDA.
According to the third advance estimates of oilseeds production by the ministry of agriculture and farmer welfare, the groundnut production in 2020-21 is estimated at 101.19 lakh tonne against 99.52 lakh tonne estimated inn 2019-20.
Gujarat is the largest producer of groundnuts in the country, which is followed by Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Rajasthan. The crop is grown in both Kharif and Rabi seasons. The Kharif season has a share of more than 75% of the total production.