Tamarind is a popular spice and the products from Tamarind family are being used in Indian food since ages. Tamarind pulp is commonly used in all households, restaurants, roadside eateries etc in food preparations. Not just the fruit, even Tamarind seed powder is extensively used in industries such as Textile, Paper, Confectionary, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals.
India is the world’s largest producer of tamarind products, with a production of over 200 thousand tonnes. Tamarind is cultivated in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Pondicherry and Mizoram (see the picture below).
The value of the production of tamarind in India is estimated to be around Rs.1608crs, exports account for over 11% of the total value. Processed tamarind is exported mainly to European and Arab countries.
The capital requirements for a tamarind pulp making unit should be around Rs 50 lakhs including machinery and working capital needs. The budget for the seed powder unit would vary, depending upon the process. For a totally integrated unit that includes roasting and removing the skin, grinding the seed and processing the seed powder into starch, the budget would exceed Rs. 1 crore. However, the capital requirements would reduce if one purchases clean seed (pappu, where the skin has been removed).
The biggest challenge in this business is raw material availability, also the area required to set up a processing facility would be upwards of 10000 sft.
Budget Estimation for Tamarind Processing Units
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- Business viability assessment, market landscaping and expert consultation.
- Viability of setting up a Tamarind processing unit.
- Identifying most cost effective local suppliers for tamarind manufacturing unit.
- Connect you with the experts who can help you in setting up the tamarind processing plant.
- Preparing the detailed project report.
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 Source: NHB, production figures are for 2014 -15.
 Assumed average price of tamarind is Rs. 80/kg which is then converted into tonnage price and multiplied with the total production of 200 thousand tonnes.