The Karnataka is a major producer of spices, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Food Processing SEZ at Hassan.
Karnataka contributes 7% of Agricultural production of the country.
Presence of 7 National level Research Institutes in Agriculture & Horticulture sectors.
Presence of 4 dedicated Food Parks and one Food Processing SEZ.
The overall exports of Agriculture and Processed Food Products, Coffee, Cashew and Cashew Kernels and spices aggregated to USD 1319 million in 2016-17.
Agro and Processed Food Products are exported to Belgium, France, USA, Australia, Canada, Spain, South Korea, Srilanka etc.


The State contributes 89% of India’s coffee.
Coffee production in Karnataka is concentrated in Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu & Mysuru Districts and covers approximately 1.26 lakh ha.of land.
Coffee exports from Karnataka stood at USD 491 million in 2016-17.
The destination countries for coffee exports from Karnataka include Italy, Germany, Belgium, Jordon.


The State is a major contributor to the total National production with respect to spices like vanilla, cinnamon, tamarind, chilli and ginger.
The State is one of the major exporters of spices in the country.
Spice exports from Karnataka stood at USD 37 million in 2016-17.
The primary spice growing regions in the State include Mangaluru and Madikeri.
It is proposed to set up Spice Parks at Kushalnagar & Haveri to give fillip to Exports.


After Kerala and Goa, Karnataka is the third largest producer of raw cashew nuts in the Country.
Cashew is primarily grown in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu and Chikkaballapura districts in the State.
Cashew and Cashew Kernel exports from Karnataka stood at USD 150 million in 2016-17.
The destination countries of cashew exports from Karnataka include US, UAE, Netherlands, etc.
Cashew processing industry mainly depends on imported raw-material especially from South Africa.


Karnataka is the only State in India growing Rose Onion, which has also been registered as a Geographical Indication of the State.
The crop is grown in about 1300 acres mainly in Kolar, Tumakuru, Hassan, Davanagere and Bagalkot districts.
Rose onion exports from the State stood at USD 42 million during 2016-17.
APEDA and KAPPEC have been promoting the crop in Far East (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei) and a few countries in West Asia such as Bahrain, Dubai.
The exports of rose onion have witnessed significant growth subsequent to the establishment of the Agri Export Zone (AEZ) for Rose Onion in Karnataka.
Rose onions which are exclusively grown by the small and marginal farmers of the State are meant for exports and their local consumption is meagre.


India has today emerged as the origin of the finest gherkin cultivation, processing and exports to the ever-growing world requirement.
The history of Gherkin cultivation, processing and exports in India dates back to the early 1990s.
With a modest beginning in Karnataka State, it subsequently extended to the neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, with Gherkin cultivation having reached an impressive tonnage of 4,00,000 MTs.
Exports of Gherkins from Karnataka stood at USD 160 million in 2016-17.
The export of processed gherkins is undertaken by about 51 companies located in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Gherkins are grown in contract farming with small and marginal farmers.
Currently there are more than one lakh small and marginal farmers who are engaged in the production of gherkins.
Export destinations include all major countries like USA, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Russia, China, Srilanka, Israel.
A major initiative in the sector was the setting up of a separate “Agri Export Zone” for gherkins in Karnataka with a financial implication of USD 2.33 millions.


Karnataka is one of the leading exporters of floriculture from India.
Floriculture exports from Karnataka stood at USD 8.77 million in 2016-17.
The setting up of international air cargo services and cold storage at the Bengaluru Airport has resulted in boosting of the floriculture sector.
International Flower Auction Bengaluru (IFAB) has also helped growth of floriculture sector.