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India, renowned as the world’s second-largest onion-growing country, commands a significant presence in the global onion market. Celebrated for their spicy taste and year-round availability, Indian onions are desired for their exceptional quality and diverse dietary applications worldwide. In this comprehensive exploration, we embark on a journey to delve into the variation of Indian onion exports, emphasizing Maharashtra’s pivotal role in shaping the industry landscape. Let’s discuss the seasonal dynamics, procurement regions, export destinations, key varieties, production statistics, quality parameters, packaging, and the exemplary contributions of Carver Farms in facilitating Maharashtra’s onion export.

Seasonal Dynamics and Procurement Regions

Indian onions follow two distinct crop cycles, with the first harvesting period spanning from November to January and the second from January to May. Procurement regions span across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Telangana, each contributing significantly to India’s robust onion production.

Season: Though the harvesting period is the same throughout the Indian territory but in Maharashtra, farmers specifically take Fresh Onions in three seasons: Kharif, Late Kharif, and Rabi. Kharif season harvest starts in October and ends in December, whereas the late kharif harvest begins in January and ends in mid-March. The rabi season harvest starts in late March or early April and continues until May and the procurement regions are also different, including Nashik, Pune, Ahmednagar, and Jalgaon, which play a pivotal role in sustaining Maharashtra’s robust onion production and export capabilities.

Varieties Available for Export from India

India boasts a diverse array of onion varieties, including Agrifound Dark Red, Agrifound Light Red, NHRDF Red, Agrifound White, Agrifound Rose, Agrifound Red, Pusa Ratnar, Pusa Red, Pusa White Round, Tana F1, Arad-H, Suprex, Granex 55, HA 60, and Granex 429.

Among these, Podisu onion, Red Onion, White Onion, Krishnapuram Rose Onion, and Bangalore Rose Onion are considered export-quality onions due to their exceptional taste, color, and size in India.

Maharashtra has a rich diversity of onion varieties, ranging from Agrifound Dark Red to Pusa White Round. These varieties, renowned for their unique flavors and culinary versatility, contribute significantly to Maharashtra’s onion export portfolio. Among these, red and pink onions stand out as popular choices for export due to their exceptional taste and storability.

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Yearly Production Statistics

Over the past three years, India has witnessed a steady increase in onion production. Maharashtra has maintained its status as a leading onion-producing state, with annual production figures reflecting steady growth and resilience. In 2023-24, India cultivated onions across 1.54 million hectares of land, yielding a total production of 25.44 million metric tons, as per the National Horticulture Board’s first advance estimate.

Top Export Destinations

India’s onions find their way to various countries across the globe, with Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, UK, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf countries, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam emerging as key export destinations. These countries rely on Indian onions to meet their culinary needs and preferences, contributing significantly to India’s onion export revenue.

Quality Details

  • Export-quality onions from Maharashtra exhibit the following quality details:
  • Colour: Red, Pink
  • Size: Available in various sizes, including 20mm+, 25mm+,30mm+ 35mm+, 40mm, 45mm+ 50mm+, 55mm+, 60mm+,70mm+

Quantity and Packaging Details

Carver Farms upholds stringent quality standards in its onion exports from Maharashtra, ensuring that only the finest produce reaches consumers worldwide. They are also known for their vibrant colors, uniform sizes, and exceptional taste. These onions undergo meticulous sorting, grading, and packaging in modern facilities, guaranteeing freshness and quality throughout the supply chain.

We ensure quality and quantity in its onion exports, with packaging options tailored to meet diverse market requirements. The quantity typically ranges from 29 to 30 tonnes, packed meticulously in:

  • Packaging Options: 3kg,5kg,7kg, 9kg,10kg, 18kg, 20kg, 38kg, 45kg, 50kg
  • Packaging Material: Red mesh bags & jute bags