Castor seeds or Ricinuscommunis is known across the world for its non-edible oilseed. Castor plant originated in the tropical belt of Africa and India. India being the biggest exporter of castor seeds for commercial purposes contributes to approximately 70% of total castor seeds exported across the world.
Castor seeds are of great value to various industries such as cosmetics, surface coatings, toiletries, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, soaps, lubricant and medicines. Castor oil and its derivates may be used in either crude form or refine hydrogenated form. The pricing of castor seeds supplied by us depends on international markets as the demand is fluctuating because of castor becoming important source for bio-fuel industry. Castor seeds supplied and exported by Keshavam International are of special grade and can be further processes to manufacture derivatives of castor seeds. We procure fine quality castor seeds from the farms in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. Gujarat alone accounts for 86% production of castor seeds. Castor is mainly cultivated in Mehsana, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and Saurashtra/Kutch regions of Gujarat and Nalgonda, Mehboobnagar, Prakasam, Guntur and Ranga Reddy in Andhra Pradesh. Total area for castor production in India was estimated to be around 7.87 lakh hectare in 2008-09. The Solvent Extractors Association of India predicts a good yield of castor seeds as per the acreage data.
Keshavam International supplies to all states in domestic market and exports castor seeds to European Union, US and Japan markets.