Though, according to a 2019 report, there certainly is a demand for avocados in India, there was not a single functioning commercial avocado orchard in the country. That means the demand has been always fulfilled by importing the fruit from foreign countries.
As the variety is not indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, seeds are used to propagate plants. The problem with the production begins as the indigenous varieties are not able to survive in the country and researchers are still going on varieties that may be better suited to the India’s climate.
However, the problem has also been the disinterest shown by all the stakeholders like growers, traders, and research institutes in this regard. Some growers who have taken up the job complain that though they manage to grow avocado, they still have to import plants.
Recent data has suggested that India imports 1000 tons of avocados annually, a gap that can be easily filled by local produce if farmers take it on a large scale.