According to the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru, about 5.8 million tonnes of spices are produced annually in India and 90% of which is consumed in India itself and the rest exported.
India accounts for 48% of the global consumption. Demand for spices was on the rise owing to its multifaceted application in food and its beneficial effects on health. India is one of the largest producers, consumer and exporter of spices and CFTRI contributed potentially for the technological developments with the global outreach, the CFTRI added. The two-day scientific meet aims to enable better understanding of problems, specific strategies and solutions pertaining to the science and technological aspects on spices.
The panel discussion on the second day of the conference on Friday will provide opportunities to discuss the prospects of spice processing.