Ginger, one of the most important spice crops in India, is known for its aromatic and medicinal properties. Ginger is used as a flavouring agent in many food items. Ginger powder and oil are extensively used in herbal medicines.
India is the largest ginger producer in the world, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of world’s production. In India, Assam is the largest cultivator, followed by Gujarat and Karnataka. In Telangana, ginger grows in Medak district. India produces 3.85 Lakh tonnes of ginger per annum and most of which is domestically consumed.
Pic 1: State wise breakup for ginger production in India
NOTE: Other states include Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Orissa, Mizoram, West Bengal, Uttaranchal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Ginger Processing Technology
Ginger can be processed into three products; ginger powder, paste and ginger oil. The ginger oil manufacturing is typically not taken up by small businesses as it requires large capital investment towards oil distillation and oleoresin extraction plant. The ginger processing machinery is explained below.
Pic 2: Ginger processing Machinery
Key Players in Telangana
Ginger paste and powder: There are a number of manufacturers including national players such as Priya, Aachi, Mother’s, Smith & Jones, Hommade, and Eastern as well as local manufacturers. Some of the local brands include Capital, Red Boss, Mega Rose, Mayuri, MSR, Surya etc. These products are available in packing sizes of 50 grams to 1 kg.
Ginger oil: There are not many local players. Ginger oil manufacturers are largely based in Kerala.
The capital requirements for ginger processing plants is discussed below.
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