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Gherkins

  • IASbaba
  • January 25, 2022
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Gherkins

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Economy

Context: India has emerged as the largest exporter of gherkins in the world.

Key takeaways 

  • India has crossed the USD 200 million mark of export of agricultural processed product, – pickling cucumber, in the last financial year.
  • It is globally referred to as gherkins or cornichons.
  • Gherkin cultivation started in India during the early 1990s in Karnataka and later extended to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • Nearly 15% production of the world’s gherkin requirement is grown in India.
  • Apart from its export potential, the gherkin industry plays a key role in the creation of rural employment. 
    • In India, cultivation of gherkins is carried out under contract farming by around 90,000 small and marginal farmers with an annual production area of 65,000 acres.

News Source: ET

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