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India has exported cucumber and gherkins to the tune of 1,23,846 Metric Tonnes with a value of USD 114 million during April-October, 2021.
India exported USD 200 million worth of agricultural processed product, – pickling cucumber, which is globally referred to as gherkins.
In 2020-21, India exported 2,23,515 Metric Tonnes of cucumber and gherkins with a value of USD 223 million.
Following directions of the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) undertook a series of initiatives in infrastructure development, product promotion in the global market and adherence to food safety management systems in processing units.
Gherkin cultivation, processing and exports started in India during the early 1990s in Karnataka and later extended to the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
About 15% of the world’s gherkin requirement is grown in India.
Cucumbers and gherkins are prepared and preserved by vinegar or acetic acid.
Gherkins are currently exported to countries in North America, Europe and Oceania.
The gherkin industry plays a key role in rural employment.
In India, the 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.
APEDA has played a major role in the promotion of export of processed vegetables and has been providing financial assistance for the development of infrastructure and enhancing the quality of processed gherkins.
Prelims: Facts about Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar
Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (in the Institutional category) and Professor Vinod Sharma (in the Individual category) have been selected for Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar, 2022.
Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar has been instituted by GOI, to recognize and honour the invaluable contribution by individuals and organizations in India in the field of disaster management.
The award is announced every year on 23rd January, on account of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and Rs. 5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual.
Ministry of Culture to organize Rangoli Utsav ‘Umang’ on National Girl Child Day.
Umang Rangoli Utsav
As part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the Ministry of Culture is organizing a rangoli-making event ‘Umang Rangoli Utsav’ on 24th January 2022.
24th January is celebrated as ‘National Girl Child Day’ every year.
In the event, it is proposed that the participating teams will make Rangoli decorations for about one kilometer of length on the roads and squares that have been named after the female freedom fighters or the female role models of the country.