Current Status of Vegetables in India
Authors: Ramesh Kumar Sahni1 and Shweta Kumari2
1Scientist, ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal,
Nabibagh, Berasia road, Bhopal - 462 038, MP
2Scientist, ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research,
Post Bag No. 1, Jakhini PO,
Varanasi - 221 305, UP

India is blessed with diverse agro-climates zones with distinct seasons, making it possible to grow wide range of vegetables. Vegetables are good sources of nutrients, dietary fiber, phytochemicals and vitamins. Vegetables with shorter duration, higher productivity have resulted in greater economic returns to farmers. Vegetables are reported to be rich source of carbohydrates (sweet potato, potato, onion, garlic and methi), proteins (leguminous vegetables, leafy vegetables and garlic), vitamin A (tomato, carrot, drumstick, leafy vegetables), Vitamin B (garlic, tomato and peas), Vitamin C (drumstick leaves, Cole crops, leafy vegetables, green chillies and leaves of radish), minerals (leafy vegetables, drumstick pods). It can be grown throughout the year in different season. It also have medicinal importance especially for persons suffering from heart diseases and diabetes. In addition, it also improve soil health and provide fodder to catties. Per capita availability of vegetables in India is 357 gm/person/day, which helps in fighting malnutrition. It can also be grown in backyard of the house as a kitchen garden.

Major vegetable producing states
India is the second largest producer of vegetables next to China in the world. In India, it is grown in an area of 9.575 million hectares with the productivity of 17.7 mt/ha which contributes 14% of the total world production of vegetables. Among various states in India, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat and Karnataka are the major vegetable growing states. West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are the leader vegetables producer contributing nearly 40% to the total production of in the country, among which West Bengal contributing about 16% followed by Uttar Pradesh with 14% of total production of vegetables. Furthermore, Madhya Pradesh contributing about 8.6%, Bihar with 8.75%, Gujarat with 7%, Odisha with a 6%, Karnataka with 5%, Tamil Nadu and others with a 3.4% contribution in total production (Figure 2). Figure 3 illustrate the area and production of vegetables of major vegetable producing states of the country. During 2014-15, the production of vegetables was 167.1 million tonnes having average productivity of 17.6 tonnes per hectare in India (Figure 1). However, as per the third advance estimates the vegetable production has increased by 3% during 2015-16.

Source: Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and farmers Welfare
Figure 1: Growth in Area, Production and Productivity of Vegetables

Source: Horticulture Statistics Division, DAC&FW
Figure 2: Share of leading vegetable producing States in 2013-14

Sources: Vegetables, State Directorates of Horticulture.
Figure 3: Area and production of major vegetables producing states

Contribution of Major vegetables
So far 40 kinds of vegetables are being cultivated in India and the major grown vegetables are potato, tomato, onion, brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, okra, chillies, beans, etc. During 2014-15, potato had the largest share in vegetable production followed by onion, tomato, brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower, peas and others (Fig. 4). Uttar Pradesh (29 %) and West Bengal (26 %) are top potato producing states which together produce more than half of the total potato produced in the country. In tomato production, Andhra Pradesh is leader producer with 18% share followed by MP and Karnataka, each with share of about 11%. In case of Brinjal, Cabbage and Cauliflower, West Bengal was the leading states accounting for about a quarter of total production in country whereas, In case of Onion, Maharashtra was the leading producer with 29% contribution followed by Karnataka and MP each having 16 % share.

Figure 4: Share of Vegetables produced during 2014-15

India is the largest producer of Ginger and it also ranks first in okra production ((73% of world production) and second in production of brinjal, potatoes, onions, cauliflowers, Cabbages, tomato etc. During 2015-16, total vegetables exported from India was of INR 4,866.91 crores and the major importers of Indian vegetables are UAE, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Netherland, Sri Lanka, Nepal, UK, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Qatar, accounting for around 55% of the total vegetable exports. Between 1991-92 and 2014-15, Vegetable production has been gradually increasing. Table 1 shows the area under production, total production and productivity of vegetable crops of the country in this period. The increase in production mainly due to an increase in area under production and larger increase in productivity with farmers’ positive approach towards vegetable cultivation. During this period, the area under horticulture crops grew by about 2.7 percent per annum, productivity increased by 37 per cent between 2004-05 and 2014- 15. As a result, India has maintained its second rank in the global production of vegetables after china.

Table 1. Area, Production and Productivity of vegetable Crops in India over the years 1991- 92 to 2015-16.

Years Area ( '000 ha) Production ( '000 Tonne) Productivity ( Tonne/ha)
1991-92 5593 58532 10.47
2001-02 6156 88622 14.40
2002-03 6092 84815 13.92
2003-04 6082 88334 14.52
2004-05 6744 101246 15.01
2005-06 7213 111399 15.44
2006-07 7581 114993 15.17
2007-08 7848 128449 16.37
2008-09 7981 129077 16.17
2009-10 7985 133738 16.75
2010-11 8495 146554 17.25
2011-12 8989 156325 17.39
2012-13 9205 162187 17.62
2013-14 9396 162897 17.34
2014-15 9471 166566 17.59
2015-16 (3rd Estimate) 9575 166608 17.40

Source: Indian Horticulture database, National horticulture board; Horticulture statistic division; Dept. of agriculture and cooperation


1. Horticulture Statistics at a Glance 2015, 2015, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
2. State of Indian Agriculture 2015-16, 2016 Govt. of India.
3. Vegetable statistics, 2013, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research

About Author / Additional Info:
Ramesh Kumar Sahni - Working as a Research scientist on Agricultural Mechanization at ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal.
Shweta kumari - Working as a Research Scientist on crop protection at ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi.