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China keen on Indian henna, drumsticks powder

Date: 18-11-2019
Subject: China keen on Indian henna, drumsticks powder
NEW DELHI: Indian henna powder, chillies, value-added tea and moringa (drumstick) powder have caught the fancy of the country’s second largest trading partner China and the Asian giant is keen to import these agricultural products from India.

Chinese importers raised inquiries about these value-added farm products at the recently concluded import only fair in Shanghai.

A Tamil Nadu-based exporter of henna powder booked orders above Rs 3 crore at the second edition of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on November 5-10.

“There were a lot of enquiries about agricultural products, especially drumsticks powder for herbal uses, chilies and value-added tea such as tea sticks. We placed orders worth a few million dollars,” said an official.

India exported around $200 million of these products in April-September 2019-20.

The import only expo is aimed to reduce China’s burgeoning trade deficit with its major trading partners. It expects to import products and services valuing over $10 trillion through such fairs.

India’s exports to China in the first six months of 2019-20 were $8.5 billion while imports were $36.3 billion. The trade deficit was $53.6 billion in FY19.

“They want us to provide organic certification for such agricultural goods because demand for organic products is huge there,” the official added.

The main product categories in the expo were sci-tech life, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment & healthcare products, automobile, equipment, quality life, trade in services, food and agriculture products.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

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