Gherkins cultivation and exports

India, a dominant player?
Now, much opportunity for agri exports!
Indian companis now buy or merge with new agri ventures
Gherkin, a new crop is now the great hope of small farmers.

gherkinsIT and pharma are the business equivalents of what are known as charismatic megafauna in the world of wildlife conservation. They grab all the attention. But just as even the tiniest bugs can reveal novel secrets of the natural world, there are a host of less “sexy” products that are fundamental to understanding the new global economic architecture and India’s role in it. One such candidate is the gherkin, a relative of the mundane ‘kheera’.

From virtually zero in the early 1990s India today grows some 250,000 tonnes of gherkins a year and has emerged as one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of the vegetable. Pickled gherkins are consumed in large quantities in Europe and the United States as condiments that find their way into an array of sandwiches and burgers.

Gherkins grown and pickled in India are almost wholly exported, there being no domestic market for them. For farmers they have spelt a silent revolution. Tens of thousands of small and medium sized farms across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been converted to growing gherkins, a cash crop that has emerged as possibly the biggest success in India’s agro-export story.

One major road the gherkin travels from India leads to the Flemish town of Aalst, 30-odd kilometers to the northwest of Brussels. Here millions of jars of pickled condiments, the contents of many of which were produced and packaged in India, sit in a warehouse that belongs to Intergaarden, a Belgian company that in 2006 was bought over by the Indian food major, Global Green.
Part of the Thapar’s Avantha Group, Global Green is the largest global supplier of gherkins outside the United States and the third biggest gherkin processor in the world. Accounting for about 35 per cent of gherkin exports from India, the company produced 65,000 tonnes of the vegetable last year, 55,000 tonnes of which were grown in India alone.

With seven processing facilities in India, Hungary, Belgium and Turkey, the company has emerged as a multinational to be reckoned with. Almost 50 per cent of its revenues come from its operations abroad and its customer base extends to 50 countries.

When a consumer reaches for a can of pickled vegetables in supermarkets across Europe be it Tesco in the UK or Carrefour in France there is a more than even chance that these would have been grown and bottled in India by Global Green or one of its competitors.

Aalst is Global Green’s European hub and it is symbolic of the truly international nature of the business. In the Aalst warehouse capers grown in Turkey, silver-skin onions produced in Holland, and sour cherries and sweet corn from Hungary rub shoulders with gherkins from India. From this nerve centre they then spread out all across Europe to over 27 countries. The labeling on a single bottle of pickled cornichons (the French word for gherkins) here reveals its global destiny. The ingredients are listed in no less than 17 different languages
“We have shown that Indian farming can be competitive against Western European and North American suppliers. Our growth has been such that we have displaced suppliers in these markets,” says Vineet Chhabra, Global Green’s Managing Director. What favours India when it comes to the agri business is its climate and its surplus labour. Thus for example while gherkins can only be harvested in Europe during the short summer season, in India, year-long harvesting is possible. Moreover as a labour-intensive activity, gherkin production is far more cost effective in India than in the labour-deficit West.

Indian exports in agriculture have however been hampered by the lack of infrastructure, in particular cold-storage facilities, as well as by its agricultural products being unable to meet the phytosanitary requirements of many export markets.

Gherkins have overcome these factors because they are pickled. They thus travel well and don’t require cold-storage over long distances. Unlike fresh foods, pickled vegetables also have an easier time meeting international food standards.

Gherkins are not only a growth industry they have also been recession proof. Global Green’s Chhabra reveals that the company’s revenues in 2008 touched $130 million. Over the last five years Global Green has in fact grown 53 per cent CAGR. The company is now planning to go public within the next three years and has a stated goal of earning $300 million in revenue by 2012.

There is certainly room for expansion in the gherkin business. Global Green comprises only 4 per cent of the world-wide market. “There is a tremendous growth opportunity in this country (India) and more resources to be tapped in the local agriculture arena,” says Chhabra.

Gherkins might not grab the headlines unlike the $3 billion Avantha group’s other interests in power and paper, but they are a sunrise sector.

In Aalst high speed lines buzz along packaging up to 450 jars of pickled vegetables a minute. The sound may not be thunderous but it is the hum of new directions in India’s globalisation trajectory.

Source : Agriculture & Industry Survey  [/hidepost]

  • Subrata Chatterjee

    Why not introduce pickled gerkins to the Indian palate also through the supermarket chains?

  • Rafiq Ahmed Shimoga

    Dear Sirs,
    I want to start Gherkin and other products for Export. Those who have good experience can come forward with Project Report and possibly with the orders for export.
    Our Activities are in and around Karnataka.
    Take care.
    I’m presently based in Doha – Qatar for business
    My Mobile No. +974 5050592

  • lakshmisha

    i want to grow these gherkins in our field , kindly let us know where the seeds are available and detailed information of cultivation can be found. iam located near Kunigal ( Tumkur ) nearly 95 kms from Bangalore .my email id is

  • shailendra nehare

    Dear Sir, I am a electrical engineer from Pune working with MNC consultancy firm. Presently we are producing khira in our 5 acrs of land. We would like to cultivate the Gherkins if there is a opportunity of getting good money from cultivating those.

    or is there any agency who will guide us to cultivate, market, the gherkins


  • Vijay Adithya Kumar

    Dear Sir,

    I’m very much interested in growing and exporting gherkins. I’m from Bangalore.Could anyone please helpus the details regarding the same.


  • Deepak Joshi

    Dear Concern

    Greetings of the day!

    Iam so much impressed by the Gherkins cultivation and export.Can you kindly let me know is it only cultivated in sourthen part of india?or can we also farm it in northen part.If yes,which kind of climatic condition it required and what are the prerequisite please breif me in details.

    Deepak Joshi

  • kapil singh sankhala

    if any body is interested in exporting gherkins to western europe should contact me.

  • Dinkar gundariya

    Dear sir,
    I am from Jetpur dist. Rajkot state gujarat dealing with seeds,agrochemicals,fertilisers. But i am interestig gherkins cultivation so pl. send information about seeds cost,time of sowing,time of harvesting,pest& diseases mgt,cost of cultivation,exporter names.
    Thanking you.
    Yours Faithfully,
    Dinkar Gundariya

  • jeewantha

    iam agricutural grduate ni sri i am presently working in gherkin export company in srilanka .i have 2 and half year experiance in gherkin industry i am looking for job related to gherkin industry in abrod.
    if you know about vacancy or if u have any vacancy contact me.


    i need bulk quantity gherkins and gherkins seeds
    iyappan from krishnagirei in tamilnadu
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  • Balamurugan

    Dear Mr.kapil singh sankhala,

    Please give me your contact details.

    +91 98843 63947

  • swaroop

    hello mr. kapil sir
    please let me know your contact details i have processing unit n wanna restart it.hope you will reply

  • Abhijeet

    We are currently acquired around 300 acres of farm land under corporate farming in Pune district in Maharashtra. We would like to cultivate Gherkins in around 100 acres as per the specifications of export market. So please guide us about how to get the seeds and purchaser for the fresh Gherkin. Thank You.

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  • narendra babu paladugu

    hello sir,
    intrested in cultivation of gherkins in large scale.lands situated in krishna district,andhra,black&red mixed.vergin,fertile lands available.can go for large scale farming with buy back agreements.
    please contact.


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  • venkat rao

    Dear all,

    Any investor interested in gherkin project, please contact +91 9618256669. I have over 10 years experience and currently working in gherkins in India.

    agricovenkat @

  • Nitin T Pawar

    We are manufacturers of Lug/ Twist off Caps for Glass Bottles.
    We have various sizes in Lug Caps.
    We already supplying to Gherkins Industries.

  • Alexander

    Dear All,

    We are in gherkins export for the last 10 years.
    We have got very good client basis, lookign for parties interested in opening
    a unit in India for bulk packing ( Joint Venture or Invetsment)
    Any body ineterested, pls reply.




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  • Venkateswara Rao

    Dear Sirs,


    We are very much interested in cultivation of gherkins. We are from Hyderabad. Request to help us on the information/details regarding the same.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Venkateswara Rao,

  • Venkateswara Rao

    Dear Venkatrao Garu,

    We are interested in Gherkins productions, kindly contact us on 9985148197 for further details.

    Venkateswara Rao

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  • mohan

    Dear sir,

    I’m very much interested in growing gherkins in large scale. i’m from nellore, Andhra pradesh. So please guide us about how to get the seeds and purchaser for the fresh Gherkin. please help me about the information..

    Thanks & Regards

  • Natarajan. V

    I can Produce & supply Quality Gherkins of required quantity. Interested Company may contact me.

    Mobile: 09751943070

  • Haneef

    How can we contact you

  • Gangadharan

    Dear Sir,

    i’m very much interested in cultivation of gherkins in large scale, i need to know where can i get gherkin seeds. basically i’m into agriculture from Mandya, Karnataka and i grow corn, ragi and tomato in my farm. pls. give me some information/details regarding the same.


  • Laxmikant Mulgir

    can i get your mail id or contact details.

  • Laxmikant Mulgir

    Did you started the farming.

  • Nagaraju Ur

    I want to start growing gherkins in Shimoga dist please let me know the cultivation method and market value my e mail

    mob no 9845597972

  • Sampath kumar Thandavan

    we are interested.
    pl give contact details.

  • Sampath kumar Thandavan

    yes .
    we got a group of gherkin growing farmers in tamilnadu.
    i am interested in exporting their produce.
    pl give contact details.

  • Dr.Hemanth K P

    Dear Sir,

    Warm Greetings from Dr.Hemanth .K.P
    I am very much interested in cultivation of gherkins in large scale, i need to know where can i get gherkin seeds.I am basically into agriculture from Mandya, Karnataka