- CNM Reporter
Experts from different parts of the globe discussed Spices-Global production and Trade Scenario, as part of the international symposium on Spices, Flavours, Fragrances and Functional Foods organized by the Indian Society for Spices. The symposium as part of SYMSACX reviewed that India has been showing commendable performance in the production of value added products from spices.
India is the only country which is part of the International Pepper Community that has been contributing well for the export of value added pepper products, said Ms. Hoang Thi Lien, Executive Director, International Pepper Community, Indonesia. Though India produces 60000 metric tonnes of pepper, India also imports more than 24000 metric tonnes of pepper as value added products are given thrust, she said while delivering a lead lecture on Global production and trade scenario-Black Pepper.
Sri. D Sathiyan IFS, secretary of Spices Board, during his lead lecture on Global Scenario of Indian Spices also stressed the scope of value addition for improving spices export. According to him, value added spice products contribute to 51 percent of the total spice export from the country.
The government of India and the Spices board are now focusing more on promoting higher end value addition and health benefits of spices, said Mr. Sathiyan. We are on a mission to promote Indian brands abroad by coordinating with Indian Brand Equity Foundation, he said adding that collaborative projects with stake holders and formation of spice clusters were the thrust areas.
Indian Spices sector has immense scope for development as there are 52 scheduled spices in India. Only a few of these spices are being promoted and exported and the spices export could witness considerable growth on shifting focus to all spices, said the chairman of Spices Board.
A pilot project for the online sale of large cardamom in North East Region and an E-Spice bazar are also card, said Mr. Sathiyan.
Mr. Gusland McCook; Acting Director General; Jamaican Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority, Mr. B. Sarada De Silva; Chairman; M/s. B. Darsin De Silva Sons Pvt. Ltd.; Sri Lanka, Dr. Gopal Lal, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre for Seed Spices, Dr. K. Kandiannan, Vivekananda Technical Centre of RKM, Fijiand Dr. Homey Cherian;Director; Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development also spoke.
Another session on Spices- Chemistry and functional foods was also held on the second day of the programme. Padma Shri. Prof. G Padmanabhan delivered a lecture on Curcumin: A wonder drug in waiting at the session. Lectures by Dr. G Bhanuprakash Reddy; ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Dr.Balu P. Maliakel; M/s. Akay Natural Ingredients Private Limited, Dr.GopinadhanPaliyath, University of Guelph; Canada, Dr.Ramasamy Ravi; Tennessee State USA and Dr.Jissy Jacob; Program Manager and Associate Principal Scientist, Mondelēz International USA also enriched the participants.