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5 REASONS WHY TO IMPORT ORGANIC PRODUCTS FROM INDIA

5 Reasons Why to Import Organic Products from India

In the past few years, there has been a steady rise in demand for organic products as it is best suited for health and the environment. With the rise in demand for organic products, many brands have been taking notes from Ayurveda to come up with 100% organic foods. This growing trend of organic products offers a huge growth to the Indian organic industry as this trend is soon to be caught up by India and also offers huge growth to investors in the Organic Industry.

Here are the 5 reasons on Why to Import Organic Products from India:

  • Rise in requirement of organic products : Organic products in India is still a new concept. The current market growth is on rise due to increased awareness and benefits to health and the environment. The current market value is at INR4000 Crores and expected to grow to INR10,000-12,000 Crores. The rapid growth rate is also an important factor to attract investors.
  • E-Commerce: With access to the internet getting easier and cheaper, Indian citizens have changed the way they shop. The ease of shopping online with just one click has saved a lot of time for Indian consumers, be it monthly grocery or personal care items. There has been a significant growth in online platforms for organic products manufacturers in India that helps the consumer to choose the best available product for them.
  • Export of organic products in India: India is the second largest exporter of organic products in Asia after China. It is one of the largest turmeric powder manufacturers and psyllium husk exporter in the world. The increase in the export market coupled with the help of the Government’s support has helped India grow in the organic products industry. The estimated value of Indian organic food exports was US$299 million during the year 2015-16 with a total volume of 263,688 MT. The major of exports going to the US, European Union, Canada and New Zealand.
  • Introduction of new variety of organic products: Superfoods were unheard of in Indian diets. However, due to the increase in awareness about the health benefits of organic products has led to the introduction on new organic products. Brands like Organic Products India have already started introducing daily used products in organic variants like spices, flax seeds, amaranth seeds, pulses and lentils etc. for health-conscious consumers.
  • Growing support from Government of India: The government of India has been actively participating in promotion of organic farming and the consumption of organic products. Financial assistance is also provided to farmers who are ready to adopt to organic farming in the country through various schemes such as National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH),etc. The government has also allocated lands specifically reserved for Organic farming in the Northeast Region of India.

All of the mentioned factors have been favourable for the Indian Organic Industry. However one must also keep in mind the high production cost and risks of producing organic products which is higher than conventional goods. These products are also subject to higher tax rates which increases the cost of organic products. Cost of organic products has also hampered the sale of these products.

 

 

 

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Import Duty on Edible Oils – A Rift or Connect for Global India?

The Indian Import export market is highly volatile in the recent times due to the changing government reforms. The GOI (Government of India) recently increased the import duties on various edible oils (Sesame, Flax, Soybeans, Mustard, Amaranth etc.) ranging between 60% to 100%. This initiative by the GOI was with a motive to help the Indian farmers & encourage more sowing of the Kharif crops.

The Indian market imports oil of approximately 15 Million Tonne, whereas the consumption being 25 Million Tonne. This is because the oil import is a cheaper option as compared to local production of the oils. Many reasons contribute to that & the main reason being the high production cost in India. Majority of the oil is purchased from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil & Argentina. The low oil costs prompted Indian suppliers to import oil rather than local production. The GOI recognized that if this trend continues this is a threat to the oilseeds market of India. It was a collective decision of the ministry of agriculture as well as all the other ministers that unless the Indian farmer was not supported against the cheap oil imports, the oilseed economy will badly suffer & even collapse in case of Soybeans.

Every year the government decides on the MSP (Minimum Selling price) & the Procurement price of the goods. The MSP on the oilseeds was increased recently to almost 8%-10% as compared to the last year of 2016-17, after the government noticed that the Indian farmer is unable to enough profits to sustain. The major reason for the implementation of increased import duty was that the Indian oilseeds were selling below the MSP levels for the year 2016-17.

MSP:

Minimum Selling price is decided by the GOI every year in order to protect the farmer’s interest & secure their profits. This price is decided on the basis of various parameters like the crop cultivation cost, the global market trends, the demand for the product etc. Last year the MSP was increased for the oilseeds due to increased cultivation cost & to protect the interest of the farmers in further production of the oilseeds (Sesame, Flax, Soybeans, Mustard, Amaranth seeds etc.). But it was noticed that the farmers were selling way below the MSP due to less domestic demand, this also prompted lesser cultivation for the year 2017-18. The stockists were the only ones benefiting out of this situation & would analyse the trend time to time to earn good profits. However, the root cause of the situation was the reduced domestic demand & to tackle this situation an immediate action was required. The GOI in association with SOPA (Soyabean Processors’ Association of India) took the collective decision of increasing the MSP & help protect the interests of the Indian farmers.

Current import duty:

The GOI hence collectively took the decision to levy the import duty on oils imported & also the oilseeds imported, so as to boost the domestic consumption. The strategy aims at increased domestic demand for the oilseeds, thus securing the farmer’s interests in more production of oilseeds. The aim was also to increase the efficiency of oil production in the domestic market. The expected result also included increased exports in the long run. The increased duty is temporarily a success as it has made the oil making companies in India to revise their import strategies & look for a conducive option. Though this has led to the increased pressure in the domestic market; it will boost the domestic cultivation for the coming year & increase the farming profits.

Market Overview:

The government implemented a policy with a larger picture, but the current market scenario has become very volatile. The increased import duty has prompted the local oil refineries to review their import policy & turn towards the local purchase for the moment. However, there was sudden increase in the demand for the oil seeds in the domestic market, which the market was not ready for & so this raised the prices for the commodities. Also, the production for the year 2017-18 was expected to be more, but the yield is not much as compared to 2016-17 (as per the IOPEPC report 2017-18) due the floods & heavy rains in the regions for Gujarat, Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh. The export market however, is facing a bad time & the GOI will have to make some reforms to maintain the exports. In addition, the constantly fluctuating USD against the INR has led to a more difficult situation for the exporters. The Global Sesame trend is showing increased yield in China, Sudan, Nigeria & many other regions, owing to reduced price per quintal as compared to 2016-17. India is ranked as the 2nd largest exporter of the sesame seeds after Myanmar & the Sesame market of India is suffering the most due to the new reform.

Much cannot be anticipated about the GOI’s further moves, but hopefully the market will stabilize soon. Only the further reforms can decide where the Indian organic food market is heading towards & if it can sustain & compete with the global market trends.

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Most Common Food has Wonderful Substitutes

Savouring the delicacies is what awakens the taste buds of humans. A favourite food of any means not compromising on the taste of it. Our food consists of various flavours. But looking at today’s generation it’s all about taste as well as healthy food. It’s time to find about substitutes for it. Let’s see what all do we have in store.

1] Brown Flax Seed oil instead of fish oil

  • The Brown Flax Seeds/ linseeds are rich sources of Omega 3 oils and protein’s.
  • Doctor’s and dietician recommend using this rich source of oil in daily consumption.
  • People who are allergic to Seafood’s or are pure vegetarians and want to balance their nutrients then Flax Seeds Oil is a good option. Seafood allergies can cause Nausea, rashes or even headaches.

2] Quinoa instead of Oatmeal and Couscous

  • Quinoa is one of the super foods and it can be cooked with milks for healthy breakfast.
  • It can be used as a substitute for oatmeal. Quinoa is highly rich in proteins.
  • It can also be used instead of couscous as couscous is made from processed wheat flour. They both have the exact texture.

3] Coconut milk as a substitute to cow’s milk

  • An excellent source of calcium to protect the body from major chronic ailments is milk.
  • But Milk can cause allergies to infant that can stay until adulthood. Milk can cause vomiting, nausea and sometimes even an upset stomach. But the great substitute for cow’s milk is coconut milk. Coconut milk can make breakfast a wholesome meal with cereals.

4] New Alternative to Corn is Potato starch or honey

The lifestyle is changing on day to day life so the food habits are also changing around the globe. The consumption of corn syrup and corn starch has increased due to the quick energy it gives in our day to day life/work. As per the recent studies, the researchers have found many allergic indications that are generated by corn syrup and corn starch. As per the studies, to avoid those allergic symptoms we can replace those food products with Honey for Corn Syrup and Potato Starch instead of corn starch. Honey and potato starch can give you the new way for cooking your favorite food.

5] Soy to replace with chickpeas or milk

Soy is a good source for protein and in recent times has been found frequently in our food. Now-a-days soy is widely used in many processed food industries. But still soy is an allergic product for those people who are lactose intolerant. Runny nose or breathing problems or hives problem can be a soy allergen. We can replace soy milk products with milk and for cooking at home we can use chickpeas flour a same test.

6] Toasted Oats or Almonds substitute for Peanuts.

Peanut are one of the most allergic food. In some cases peanut butter and peanut is known to cause skin rashes, vomiting, tingling in mouth. We can replace the peanuts with Toasted Oats or Almonds that will give the same crunch to your dish. Oats and almonds are rich and good to heart.

7] Wheat flour has substitute like Amaranth flour, Oats flour or Chia flour.

  • Gluten is found in certain grains like wheat. Wheat is used in breads, biscuits, cakes which are allergic to some people. So, we can use flour like Amaranth, Chia or Oat flour.
  • Amaranth flour is made from the seed. Amaranth seeds are very high in protein. Chia flour is made from ground chia seeds and any sports person and super athletes will use it for enhanced energy levels during events.

8] Stevia substitute for sugar25+ best ideas about H

  • Stevia is natural sweetener ingredient and is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Little stevia can be use for long way. Stevia fresh leaves can be used in hot or cold drinks as a herbal tea.
  • The dried leaves are powdered and which can be used in baking with two tablespoon instead of one cup of sugar. The most important thing is that stevia does not caramelise.
  • The products based on sweeteners are yogurts, fizzy drinks and chocolates.

It’s true that we cannot compromise on our food. But, replacing it with something healthy is what we can do.
Happy Eating…!!!

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The Magic of Black Spices for Great Health!

We all know that the colour BLACK has been a universal favorite since generations & is also associated with negatives as Black magic. An extreme contrast but ‘Black’ is truly magical with the spices! Yes, I am talking of the magical results that some Black spices can bring to your life & your health. It is a dismal to know that we are unaware of the uses of few of these ingredients in our kitchen listed below. We have forgotten as to how these ingredients can be incorporated in our daily life so as to get the maximum benefit out of these. So as a gentle reminder let us discuss some tips & tricks, as how we can add these black beauties to our diets;

1. Black Sesame Seeds: Black Sesame seeds are great for building your body; they consist of healthy fats as polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6. Apart from this they are proven to reduce the risk of Cancer, they have anti ageing properties, they can relieve constipation, they stabilize your blood pressure etc. This one seed consists of varied benefits, so can we definitely cannot ignore this ingredient. As Black Sesame Seeds are utilized mostly in baking, the quantity a person consumes in baked foods cannot make much difference in our health as it is a very small portion. So let me suggest you a great way of consuming these seeds.

Tips & Tricks: For the ones, who want magical results in body building; just go for Black Sesame Milk. Yes, this trend is getting popular world over & you can find the recipe very easily over the web. One can add this milk to their regular almond or Soy milk or have it directly with cereals & boost great health in a month!

2. Black Cumin Seeds: The Black Seeds that can actually brighten your life. To all my fair ladies there, this is an ancient beauty secret as a remedy to almost all the fears a women can have. Say it & the seeds can do magic, be it obesity, ageing, stress, acne, rashes, falling or greying hair, your nails to anything that is inside your body like your heart health, blood sugar, cough, kidney cleansing to any issue you can speak of except death as mentioned in the Quran. Black Cumin Seeds are popularly consumed in bakery or in the oil form. The essential oils are also applied externally for many ailments. The best way to get rid of any aliments however is to consume these seeds in your daily diets. The easiest way to do that is in salads, as that also helps in good absorption of the nutrient.

Tips & Tricks: As a trick to consume these spicy seeds I will suggest you a great way. Black Seeds consumed with honey are the best possible snack & these both can be used as a dressing on salads or any foods you like. Honey enhances the taste of the spicy black seeds & both ingredients together complement each other the best way!

3. Black Pepper: This spice is well known as the ‘King of Spices’, as it is used widely. Black Pepper powder is a widely used ingredient in many cuisines & adds to that extra spice to any ordinary recipe. It has some extraordinary benefits that are often not known. In this growing stressful world where your enthusiasm is your strength, black pepper gives you just that. Black pepper is proven to be an anti-depressant & a pinch of the same daily can cure depression in the long run. Apart from this Black pepper is also good for your dental health; it aids digestion by cleaning the intestines & also helps cure cancer, Vitiligo, obesity & blood pressure issues. Black Pepper is rich in minerals & so great for your skin & hair. Mostly consumed in the powder form even a pinch of this spice daily can help you remain fit & healthy.

Tips & Tricks: The best way how we Indians consume this spice is by adding it to buttermilk. It is consumed at the end of the meals or after the meals & help cleans the intestine by flushing out all the impurities, thus by enhancing proper absorption of nutrients from the consumed food.

4. Black Cardamom: When we talk about the king of spices, how can we forget the queen? Black Cardamom is known as the ‘Queen of Spices’ for the very obvious reasons. It has a beautiful flavour& aroma while providing you just the nourishment you require. Just to list some important benefits of this spice, it helps in maintaining the gastrointestinal health, it is a best product for improving the skin complexion by promoting circulation, it contains anti-cancerous attributes which helps in preventing breast cancer, colon, prostate & ovaries cancer, it helps reduce high blood pressure, it is a cure against muscular spasms, eliminates bad breath etc. But a very unique benefit of this spice is it helps support proper heart rhythm. You would not require pace makers if this spice is consumed on regular basis. A great heart is a key to a great health & the queen of spice controls exactly that!

Tips & Tricks: Now here we have multiple options of consuming Black Cardamom. Have it to flavour you rice & biryani’s or deserts. Boil it in your tea & have an aromatic tea. Add its powder to your masala’s & get that extra flavourful dish. Consume it anyway; it will always be a pleasure!

Add these ingredients to your diet & forget about any supplements you are wondering to consume. Our kitchens have all the medicines required to keep our body & mind healthy. All we need is to remind ourselves about the immense benefits our ancestors were aware of. Just remember the few spices mentioned above & you are good to go!

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Psyllium – Today’s Prevention & Cure

Psyllium or Isabgol, as it’s normally called as a husk of a seed. Let’s check out why Psyllium is such an hype now a days…

As we already know, people with higher fibre diets have less risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, and it can drastically reduce your cholesterol and improve your digestion. Psyllium with all its properties can do much more.  It is prevention & a cure for many diseases. Where Flax & other fibrous seed husks can fall short, Psyllium can do more wonder. Psyllium is extracted from a plant called Plantago ovate. The Plantago plant family has about 200 other members, including many different varieties of plants. It is predominantly produced and exported from India, where it has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is also grown in other Asian and European countries, but on a very small scale. This seed husk has grown in popularity over the years due to the changing lifestyle & dietary malfunctions. Psyllium has shown great results as a medicine & adopted by all pharmaceutical companies for their production. Also it has been a great preventer in acidity & weight issues. As mentioned due to many of its properties Psyllium has an advantage over the other seed husk. Let’s know how Psyllium works.

How does Psyllium work inside the body?

Psyllium Husk is known to have high dietary fibres. To put it simply is, there are two categories of dietary fibres, one is soluble fibres & other is insoluble fibres. The insoluble fibres cannot absorb good amount of water & hence are of lesser use to the body, but the soluble fibres can absorb huge amount of water & hold it in the body. Psyllium husks have soluble fibre in huge amount due to which it absorbs & holds water in the body making the GI track well lubricated. As it swells, it turns into a thick gel and traps some nutrients and body fluids, which are then transported out of the body trapped in this gel, and without being digested. A certain amount of glucose is also trapped in the entire course of digestion & is excreted without any effect on the body. Hence, lesser amount of glucose is absorbed in to the blood reducing the diabetes risk. Psyllium also intervenes in secretion of a digestive juice called bile & thus reduces the unwanted cholesterol from the body.

To describe this in few words, Psyllium regulates the highs & lows in our body through our digestive track. It creates & restores the balance of the basic functions f our body making us healthier in many ways. Hence, as said Psyllium is prevention as well as a cure to many physical ailments.

What does Psyllium prevent & cure?

Constipation: When combined with water, psyllium swells & forms a gel like consistency, this stimulates intestines to contract & help speed the passage of stool.

Diabetes: Psyllium absorbs excessive glucose & helps them pass during bowels. This balances out the blood glucose level. This also helps the pancreas secreted insulin to balance out the glucose level in the blood without building pressure on our system.

Diarrhoea: Psyllium can also be used to help relieve mild-to-moderate diarrhoea. It soaks up to a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, making stool firmer and slower to pass.

Heart Disease: High fibre diet reduces the risk of cholesterol in the body and helps to lower levels of triglycerides, thus reducing the cardiovascular risk.

Haemorrhoids: Psyllium is recommended by doctors to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with haemorrhoids.

Obesity: Psyllium holds the water in the body making the stomach heavier & reducing the cravings.

All this & many more risks are reduced by Psyllium. India dominates the world market in production and export of Psyllium husk powder. It provides approximately 80% of Psyllium husk powder in the world market. India has the upper hand when it comes to cultivating Psyllium, because of certain factors. India’s light soils and warm temperate regions highly promote this crop’s growth. It also thrives well in warm-temperature regions with cool and dry weather. As most regions in India are characterized by this weather. This gives India an upper hand on Psyllium exports.

Psyllium & Psyllium products are used in many industries throughout the world. This so called home remedy in Ayurveda has become the most demanded produce in the industrial world & its application is also vivid. Below is the list, Psyllium is used for many purposes –

  • Psyllium is used to prevent landscaping or soil erosion
  • In pharmaceutical industry, Psyllium is used as thickening agent during capsule formulation
  • Psyllium is used in food and beverages industry, in health drinks, beverages, ice-cream, bread, biscuits, other bakery products, rice, cakes etc., to improve the fibre content of the product
  • Psyllium is used in breakfast cereals
  • Psyllium is being used as a thickener in ice-cream and frozen deserts
  • Psyllium is used for animal feed
  • Psyllium is used as a preventive for sand accumulation in animals mainly in sandy region

So many uses of this product make it the most popular product of the current times & which can be felt by its increasing demand in the global market.

Truly a magic food ingredient for humans with such a paced lifestyle of today!