Workshop on spices export

The WTO cell of the Department of Agriculture, the Spices Board and the World Spice Organisation (WSO) is organising a one-day workshop on spices export on January 20 at Bolghatty Palace Hotel here. The workshop is organised in the context where the spices export has shown a decline in quantity.

Farmers, exporters, traders and scientists from the Kerala Agriculture University, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Spices Board and Directorate of Coco, Areca nut and Spices, will take part, according to a statement here.

The global demand for spices, a major source of foreign revenue for the country, has increased and the need to consolidate and maintain India's position as a world leader in this sector is gaining importance.

This joint venture opens a platform for discussing matters and chalking out action plans for improving the production of better quality spices, especially black pepper, cardamom, ginger, turmeric and nutmeg, the statement said.

Major role

Spices play a major role in the total agricultural exports of the country, and a substantial jump was observed in the past five years, especially in the value of exports. But there is shortage in supplies, especially the quantity that is available for exports. The decline in quantity available for exports is mainly due to short supply and quality concerns.

Reports from April to August, 2011, indicate that the increase in export value is 26 per cent and quantity-wise there was a fall of 23 per cent. Thirty-two per cent of the quantum and 40 per cent of the value targeted for export have been achieved.

The Spices Board has already made plans for the 12th Five Year Plan by including promotion of organic cultivation.

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