"You (industry) have to build the capacities. That is where investments have to come in. Once you have more capacities, you will export (more)," he said at the India Today Conclave on Friday. (Agencies)
The minister said export of iron ore pellets account for only 1.25 percent of the total installed capacity of India.
"So we are encouraging (export)," he added.
Recently, pressing for withdrawal of the five per cent duty on export of iron ore pellets, Sharma had said that the move would discourage shipments of value-added products.
He said that India has one of the largest iron ore reserves in the world but due to some problems, the country is not mining enough.
The minister said increase in imports of iron ore and coal have put additional burden on India's CAD.
"These were avoidable imports which actually burdened our CAD," he added.
The government had imposed restrictions on imports of gold to contain the CAD, which touched a record high of USD 88.2 billion in 2012-13. The CAD in the current financial year is expected to narrow to USD 50 billion.
Sharma further said that Indian economy needs to grow at a higher rate to create more jobs and boost manufacturing sector.
"India cannot afford but to reach 8-9 percent GDP growth and we have the capability to do that. For this to achieve, manufacturing must grow at double digit," Sharma said.
"You (industry) have to build the capacities. That is where investments have to come in. Once you have more capacities, you will export (more)," he said at the India Today Conclave on Friday.