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Kochi: Ginger production in Kerala is in doldrums even as India witnesses 8-fold increase in exports, according to data.
The total ginger production in India was at 21.20 lakh ton in 2021-22. In the same year, the country exported 1.48 lakh ton ginger worth Rs 837.34 crore. While in 2018-19, the exports were at 18,150 ton and fetched Rs 196.02 crore.
Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya are the major states producing ginger.
Kerala’s track record shows a gloomy picture as production declined by 37 per cent over the last four years.
According to the Spices Board figures, the production in the state was at 86,270 ton in 2017-18 period. However, in 2021-22, the production was at 54,260 ton.
The majority involved are small scale farmers. The unavailability of adequate labour and higher wages were attributed as the reasons for the plummeting production. Apart from that, climate change in the state poses challenge to the farmers.