The 12th World Spice Congress, a global platform for spices business, got under way here on Sunday. It was inaugurated by J.S. Deepak, additional secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

A statement issued by the Spices Board said more than 700 delegates from more than 40 countries were participating in the congress. Mr. Deepak assured the gathering that all initiatives would be taken by the government of India to promote spices from the country in the international market.

“Government of India wants the next World Spice Congress to be held on a global platform wherein we will seek active participation from global spice associations from other spice-producing countries like Sri Lanka Spice Council and International Pepper Community,” a press release quoted him as saying.

Spices Board chairman A. Jayathilak welcomed the gathering.

He said the biennial world congress looked forward to deliberations for action to raise food safety and maintain sustainability. Setting a forum for discussion on crops, markets and recent trends in the industry, the event would try to explore feasible methods and ideas that could be implemented in the most practical manner, he added.

A spices exhibition was also inaugurated after the launch of the Spices Congress, the press release added. Over 50 companies, farmers, exporters and producers are exhibiting various spices and products at the event.

Rajeev Kher, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, would hold a special session on Monday, the press release said.

The biennial event is organised jointly by the Spices Board and the All India Spice Exporter’s Forum (AISEF).

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