- CNM Reporter
The four-day International Symposium on Spices, organized by Indian Society for Spices (ISS) concluded at ICAR- Indian Institute of Spices Research on Friday. Taking inputs from the presentations by the experts and the
discussions on various topics, the virtual symposium recommended the development and introduction of good agricultural practices and its popularisation among farmers to enhance the availability of high quality spices
for domestic and industrial consumption.The symposium also recommended the introduction good manufacturing
practices (GMP) for assuring clean and hygienic spices. GAP can also improve spice export, the symposium observed.
The ministry of agriculture and commerce should converge for the betterment of spices sector, the symposium opined. The experts also suggested studies on carbon footprint for spices and proper trade information management pertaining
to spices sector. Experts also stressed the importance of collaboration between institutes and countries for developing technology sharing and policy congruence to solve trade related issues in spices.Based on discussion, the symposium recommended evidence and analytical data based nutraceuticals development from spices. It also stressed the need for
database on quality parameters contaminant and adulterant raw materials to maintain efficacy and safety of nutraceutical preparations.
The expert team has also prepared a set of recommendations for spice processing and value addition. The recommendations include the large scale adoption of mechanisation for harvest and post-harvest operations and
promotion of small and medium enterprises for quality spices products were also recommended. The importance of regulatory standards for processed spice products and need for framing policy guidelines in processing industries for
export and import of spices.The symposium recommended a study into the role of spices in personalised nutrition and the importance of different types of genomic breeding approaches for biotic and abiotic stress management. The significance of reference genome of important spices crops and collaboration with private players in AI for crop
and pest management were also stressed by the symposium.
The need for more ring tests on quality of spices to ensure accuracy and reliability of test results and inclusion of spices research organization in FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and QCI (Quality Council of
India) committees related to spices were also stressed by the experts.Dr. T. Janakiram, Vice-Chancellor; Dr. Y.S.R. Horticultural University was the chief guest for the valedictory session. Dr A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General
(HS), ICAR presided over the session. The concluding ceremony also witnessed the Declaration of International Symposium on Spices.
Dr. D Prasath, General Convener of SYMSAC-X presented the recommendations. Dr. A. B. Remashree; Director (Research); Spices Board, Dr.Homey Cheriyan; Director; Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development,
Dr. Gopal Lal; Director; ICAR-National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Dr. J.Rema; Director; ICAR-IISR, Dr. Santhosh J. Eapen; President; ISS and Dr. C N Biju; Secretary; ISS also spoke.