Opportunity in Tamarind Processing in India

India is the world’s largest producer of Tamarind, with a production of over 2 lakh tonnes[i].Tamarind is cultivated in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Pondicherry and Mizoram (See Figure 1)

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How big is the market for Tamarind?

Majority of Tamarind production in India (1.5 lakh tonnes) is consumed in domestic market as dried Tamarind, Tamarind paste and pulp. Not just the fruit, even, Tamarind seed powder is extensively used in industries such as Textile, Paper, Confectionary, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals.

Domestic Market

In domestic market, Tamarind is mostly sold loose/ as a commodity, whereby shopkeeper weighs the required quantity and gives it to the customer.  The value added products such as Tamarind pulp and Tamarind powder are also sold in small quantities.

Tamarind prices in domestic market vary, depending on the crops output. The chart provided below depicts the average price of seedless Tamarind in the mandis across the country. Prices are lowest in the season (Feb to May) and then increase towards the second half of the year due to lower availability.

 

Source: : Spice board

Export Market

Around 50,000 tonnes of Tamarind is exported in various forms including fresh fruit, deseeded dry tamarind and Tamarind powder.  Product wise exports break up for Tamarind based products is provided in figure 2.

Source:  Director General Of foreign Trade

The majority of Indian Tamarind and related products are typically exported to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.Many Indian manufacturers also do contract manufacring for Middle East based Tamarind brands such as SARAS Tamarind, AAHAA Tamarind, and HARITHAM Tamarind.

What is the investment required to set up a Tamarind processing unit?

Tamarind is a seasonal crop, harvested in January and February and has to be stored in ambient conditions to maintain its color. Therefore, Tamarind based businesses requires ample storage space and cold storage facilities. The budget requirements for various Tamarind based products is available in Table 1.

Table 1: Budget for Tamarind processing plant
ProductUsage / MarketMachinery Total budget
Seedless TamarindMostly used in food preparationsDehulling, seed removing machines, pressing  and packaging machinesThe budget including machinery for a capacity of 2 tonnes per day, working capital and civil constructionwould be over Rs. 1 crore.
Tamarind PulpMostly used in food preparations and beveragesTamarind pulping machine, heating and packaging machinesThe overall budget including the working capital would be around Rs. 50 lakhs.
Tamarind Seed PowderUsed for its sizing properties in different industries such as Textile, Paper, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals etc.Three types of machines: Tamarind roasting and skin removing machine, grinding machine and machines to process Tamarind powder into starch.For an integrated plant (with all three machines), the budget would exceed Rs. 1 crore.

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[1] Source: NHB, production figures are for 2014 -15.

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Business Opportunity: Animal Feed Manufacturing

India’s animal feed industry, currently valued at around $ 15 billion[1] is expected to double in the next five years.  The feed consumption is estimated to be 21.5 million tonnes, of which cattle feed accounts for 7.5 million tonnes, aqua feed 1 million tonne and poultry feed around 13 Million tonnes.

The state of Telangana and AP contribute to a large chunk of Indian feed consumption, as can be seen in the table below. Given the large size of the industry and its growth, it presents an attractive opportunity for small and medium enterprises.

Animal feed industry in AP and Telangana

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Competitive landscape of the Industry

The industry is competitive, with international, national and regional companies vying for the market share.  The table below provides information on important players in AP and Telangana.

Animal feed companies in AP and Telangana

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Manufacturing process and budget

The feed manufacturing operations comprise four steps; raw material preparation, mixing and grinding the feed, palletisation and packaging. The plant capacity typically starts from 2-3 tonnes per hour to 15 tonnes per hour.

Animal feed manufacturing process

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An automated plant with a capacity of 3- 5 tonnes per hour can cost up to Rs. 40 lakhs. Considering the machines and raw material inventory and infrastructure required to store the raw material, the budget requirement for the unit could be up to Rs. 1 crore.

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[1] As per Yes Bank report on The Indian Feed Industry – Revitalising Nutritional Security

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