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8   AgriTech indiA  September 2018                                                                                                   News


          ‘Jack’ of all fruit rules Western                                      After 6 years, India may resume

          vegan market in raw form                                               rapeseed meal export to China


           Exports rise on growing demand from the US, UK                          Beijing’s tariff war with US may help Indian exports

                                                         flour  at  30  per  cent  lower                 Director   of   the   Solvent   India  oil  meal  worth  $161
                                                         price.  “Cheap  labour  and                     Extractors Association of India,   million before its tests showed
                                                         a  weak  currency  is  helping                  said  the  Commerce  Ministry   that   some   cargoes   were
                                                         the  Bangladesh  exporters,”                    had  organized  a  video-link   contaminated  with  malachite
                                                         Chacko  said.  The  jackfruit                   with Chinese officials recently   green,  a  dye  widely  used  in
                                                         seeds  are  also  nutritious                    to  explain  to  them  that  their   India to brand grain sacks.
                                                         and  rich  in  vitamins  such  as               fear  of  contamination  in   In  the  first  four  months
                                                         thiamine and riboflavin.                        rapeseed  meal  is  unfounded   of this fiscal, India’s rapeseed
                                                            Shree  Padre,  Editor  of                    as all pests are destroyed when   meal export more than doubled
                                                         farm  magazine  Adike  Patrike                  rapeseed meal is processed at   to  3.69  lakh  tonnes  (1.65  lakh
            he  rising  preference  for   Phalada   Agro,   which   and an expert on jackfruit, said     extreme heat.           tonnes)  due  to  strong  global
          Tvegan  diets  in  the  West   sources  raw  jackfruit  from   the  commercialisation  of  this   Industry  officials  from   demand  in  South  Korea,
          is  fuelling  demand  for  the   its  network  of  farmers  in   tree-based fruit in the country   India  were  also  involved   Vietnam and Thailand.
          humble  Indian  raw  jackfruit.   Karnataka,  is  now  looking  to   is still in early stages and there   during   the   meeting   to   The  country  has  a  huge
          Shipments  of  the  tender  or   tap  the  North-Eastern  States   are plenty of opportunities in   reconnect  with  traders  there,   inventory  of  rapeseed,  which
          raw  jackfruit  in  frozen,  dried   to boost its supplies from the   the world market. The Indian   and  to  outline  the  process   can be crushed to make meals,
          and ready-to-eat forms are on   region, Sastry said.  entrepreneurs and growers are            involved  in  making  the  meal   and exported to China. In fact,
          the  rise  to  countries  such  as   Similarly,  JackFruit  India,   yet to gear up to encash these                    government agency Nafed, the
          the United States and Europe,   a  Cochin-based  firm,  which   opportunities. “There’s a need   in India, Mehta added.  nodal  agency  for  executing
          besides West Asia.     started shipping the carpels in   to  act  fast  as  other  countries   hanks  to  China’s  trade   After  banning  Indian  oil   the  Minimum  Support  Price
            Also,  the  seed  of  the   freeze dried form about seven   like Thailand are catching up,”   Twar  with  the  US,  India  is   meal  imports  in  2012,  China
          jackfruit,  whose  flour  is  used   months  ago,  has  witnessed  a   Padre  said  adding  that  there   expected  to  restart  rapeseed   had  increased  its  shipments   (MSP),  itself  has  inventory
          in bakery products, is finding   major demand in markets such   is a need on research to focus   meal export to its neighbour.  from   the   US.   However,   of  about  8  lakh  tonnes,  said
          great  demand  from  countries   as the UK.    on developing the tender jack   China had been importing   following the recent tariff war,   Mehta.
          such  as  the  United  Kingdom                 varieties to cater to the growing   4-5 lakh tonnes of the material   shipments  from  the  US  have   Though   the   Indian
          and Germany, among others.  Strong demand      demand in the long-run.  till  2012,  when  it  banned   become  costlier  after  Beijing   rapeseed  meal  is  sold  at  a
            Due to its fibrous texture,   “We have, so far, exported   Officials at the Agricultural   Indian  shipments  over  issues   levied  a  25  per  cent  import   discounted  price  of  $217  a
          raw jackfruit is considered as a   about 7 tonnes of raw jack and   and  Processed  Foods  Exports   of  contamination.  Rapeseed   duty  on  the  commodity  in   tonne,  compared  to  $283  a
          vegetarian substitute for meat   around 12 tonnes of the seeds,”   Development   Authority,   meal is used as feed for poultry   retaliation  for  US  tariffs,  he   tonne  for  shipments  from
          and  chicken.  In  fact,  tender   said  Alex  Chacko,  Managing   admitted  that  exports  of   and livestock.  said.  Europe,  the  weak  rupee  will
          jack  is  also  being  called  as   Director,   JackFruit   India.   jackfruits and related products   BV   Mehta,   Executive   China had imported from   boost realization, he added.
          dummy meat, experts said.  The  company  has  opened  a   were  on  the  rise  in  recent
                                 branch in Cyprus from where   years.
          Rising exports         it repackages its products and   However,  it  has  been   Higher tea production in the Nilgiris
            “Our  exports  of  tender   sells in the UK market.  difficult to quantify the volume
          jack fruit have risen to around   Chacko  said  JackFruit   and  value  of  these  shipments                           the month as measured by the
          500  tonnes  in  the  past  four   India is working with a German   as  there  is  no  separate  HS                    five-year mean was 1.30 mkg.
          years,”  said  Surya  Shastry,   company  for  developing  a   (Harmonised  System)  code                              This  meant  that  this  year’s
          Managing Director of Phalada   sausage-like  product  made   for  these  products.  They  are                          output  in  July  was  6.15  per
          Agro  Research  Foundations   from  the  tender  jackfruit,   either part of processed fruit/                          cent more than the normal.
          Pvt.  Ltd.,  a  Bengaluru-based   which is likely to be launched   vegetable  or  miscellaneous                           Consequently,    the
          company  that  sells  organic   over the next few months.  processed items, they said.                                 cumulative  production  in  the
          products  under  the  Pure  &   The  flour  made  from   Shaji  Mathew  of  Wynad                                      seven  months  of  2018  rose  to
          Sure brand.            jackfruit  seeds  is  gaining   Exports,  who  ships  tender                                    9.38 mkg from 9.26 mkg in the
            “We   expect   the   raw   acceptance among the bakeries   jackfruit  in  the  both  frozen
          jackfruit exports to be around   in Europe, where it is used in   and  chip  form  to  the  US  and                    same months of 2017 marking
                                                                                                                                 a gain of 1.30 per cent.
          750-800  tonnes  in  the  current   making  biscuits  and  cookies,   Australia,  said  the  demand   he  Nilgiris  received  good   informed  the  Tea  Board  that   The   five-year   mean
          financial  year,”  Sastry  said.   Chacko said.  has  been  increasing  annually   Trains  in  July  helping   their  production  in  July  rose   production  for  the  seven
          Phalada is exporting the tender   However,  there  is  a  stiff   from these countries. Raw jack   increased harvest of green leaf   to 1.38 million kg (mkg) from   months   was   8.47   mkg
          jackfruit  in  ready-to-eat  form,   competition  from  countries   is used in sandwiches and also   and hence the manufacture of   1.21 mkg in July 2017, posting   which  meant  that  this  year’s
          after processing it at its facility   like  Bangladesh,  which  are   burgers  as  an  alternative  to   black tea.  a gain of 14.04 per cent.  production so far was 10.74 per
          in Bengaluru.          supplying  the  jackfruit  seed   meat and chicken, he said.
                                                                                    Tea Companies have now   The normal production for   cent more than the normal.
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