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Food Processing Opportunities in Sikkim

Food Consultant for Sikkim

Scenario of State of Sikkim

Sikkim is surrounded by vast stretches of Tibetan Plateaus in the north, the Chumbi Valley of Tibet & the Kingdom of Bhutan in the east, the Kingdom of Nepal in the west & Darjeeling district of West Bengal in the south. Organic farming in the state has been a traditional way of farming adopted by farmers since ages. The major crops of the state are maize, rice, buckwheat among cereals, Black gram (Urad) and rice bean among pulses, soybean and mustard among oilseeds. The main horticultural crops are orange & pears among fruits, ginger, large cardamom, turmeric and cherry pepper among spice crops, cole crops, peas & bean, tomato, potato among vegetable crops. Besides, production of potato & pea seeds and off-season vegetables cultivation at high altitude is done extensively.

Advantage Sikkim

  • Sikkim is India’s First fully Organic State with Five agro-climatic zones, one of the few regular snowfall receiving states.

  • Sikkim is Largest producer and exporter of Large Cardamom. Large production of cardamom and flowers has opened up immense possibilities for the state economy.

  • Few large processing units are present in the state that are involved in the processing of flour, tea, fruits, bakery and other food products .

  • One multipurpose cold storage unit having a capacity of 2000 tonnes. Total effective storage capacity of 11,000 tonnes in the state.

  • Sikkim has made reforms in the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act to remove restrictions and provide a conducive environment to flourish the agriculture markets.

  • Highest per capita income amongst North-Eastern states.

​​Key Production Highlights of Sikkim

Recognition : India’s First Fully Organic State. Largest Producer and Exporter of Large Cardamom 


  • State is having two Agri Export Zones.

  • 1 Airport.

Economic Snapshot

  • Sikkim recorded US$ 8.25 Million worth of exports in 2019 (April-Dec). Export from the state grew with 24.19% from last year.

  • According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), FDI inflows in Sikkim (Including West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands), totalled US$ 5.59 billion between April 2000 and June 2019.

  • NSDP of the State at current prices was Rs. 0.24 Trillion as on 2018-19.

  • NSDP increased at a CAGR of 14 per cent in 2018-19.

  • Sikkim’s per capita NSDP was Rs 3,57,643 in 2018-19.

  • Per capita NSDP increased with rate of 12.8 per cent in 2018-19.

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Horticulture Crops







Spices Crops




•Cherry Pepper 

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Food Processing Opportunities 

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Fruits & Vegetable processing

  • F&V Canning & Ketchup Line

  • F&V Aseptic & Concentrate Unit

  • Fruit Juice/ Squashes

  • IQF/Frozen F&V

  • Jam & Jelly

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Food Ingredient Units

  • Food Color

  • Extracts from Spices

  • Pectin/ Antioxidant Extraction Unit

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Specialized Units-1

  • Fortified Dairy/ F&V Products

  • Fortified Bakery products

  • Nutraceutical Products

  • Probiotic Food

Spices in Heaps

Spice & Herbs Processing

  • Organic Spice Grinding Line

  • Herbs Cutting & Grinding

  • Spice Paste & Powder

  • Spice oil extraction units

  • Whole and ground Spices

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Dairy Products

  • Milk based Sweets

  • Pasteurized Milk

  • Milk Products (Paneer, Ghee, Cheese, Curd/ Lasse, Powder)

  • Canned Sweets Line

  • Ice Cream Line

  • UHT Milk Packaging in Tetrapack

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Specialized Units-2

  • Food Enzymes

  • Functional Foods

  • Super Critical Fluid Extraction

  • Food Testing Lab

  • Honey processing

Stalks of Wheat

Cereal Products

  • Flour Mill/ Rice Mill

  • Bakery Line

  • Solvent Extraction Unit

  • Macroni Products

  • Breakfast Cereals

  • Extruded & Fried Snacks

  • Instant Mixes/ Soups

Couscous with Meat and Vegetables

Egg & Meat Products

  • Frozen Meat Products

  • Egg Powder Unit

  • Canned Fish & Meat Products

  • Sausages & Salami

  • Ready to Cook products

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Pulse Products

  • Dal Mill

  • RTE Products

  • Besan Mill

  • Canned Pulses

  • Puffed Snacks

  • Organic Whole Pulses

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Beverage Unit

  • RTS Juice in Tetrapak

  • Instant Tea Products

  • Natural Mineral Water

  • Packaged Drinking Water

  • Vitamin Drink

  • Sports Drink

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