Winning Bizness Desk
Mumbai. With the onset of winter, the consumption of ginger and garlic increases in the country. But do you know that there is a war going on between India and China regarding ginger and garlic as the business of fake/adulterated ginger and fake garlic also starts in the market in this season. These garlic and ginger are washed in sewer water. To bring shine, they are sometimes cleaned with harmful chemicals like acid. China grows 80% of the world's garlic, but many countrymen complain that it bleaches the garlic to make it shiny. Similar is the condition of ginger.
India is the world's 'Ginger King'
Notably, India is the king of the world in growing ginger by producing about 15 to 16 lakh tonnes of ginger every year. Although a large part of it is consumed for domestic consumption, India still exports it in the form of dry spice (dry ginger). Nigeria ranks second after India in ginger production, which grows about 6-7 lakh tonnes of ginger every year. These two countries together grow about 60% of the world's ginger. In India, both ginger and garlic are cultivated the most in Madhya Pradesh.
China the largest exporter of garlic
China may be the largest exporter of garlic in the world. But now India is continuously challenging it. If we look at last year's figures, the share of garlic in India's spice exports has increased. According to Spice Board data, the export of garlic has increased by 165% in just 10 months from April to January of 2022-23. India exported 47,329 tonnes of garlic. Whereas in the entire financial year this export was 57,346 tonnes. This was 159% more than in 2021-22. At the same time, China's garlic production has fallen by 25%.