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India set to receive seven quality control centres for spices

Spice exporters from India are facing tough competition from other major spice-producing countries like Guatemala, China and Vietnam, reports SME Times. This was stated by Jyotiradiya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Vietnam, being the largest producer of pepper in the world, is able to sell its produce in the global market at much lower prices than Indian pepper, putting the country at a disadvantage.

The same is the case with cardamom from Guatemala, which is the largest producer of the spice in the world, having negligible domestic production.

China also sells chillies in the global market at a price that is considerably lower than that of India.

To promote the spice industry in India, the government has approved the creation of ‘Spice Parks’ in major production centres in the country. These parks will provide facilities of cleaning, processing, grading and packaging to the spice growers in these areas, thus enhancing their global competitiveness.

Scindia stated that there are presently two spice parks in operation in India – one in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, and one in Puttadi, Idukki district, Kerala. One more spice park in the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, was inaugurated on April 7, 2012.

Scindia also stated that the government has approved the setting up of seven Regional Quality Evaluation Lab-cum-Training Centres in the major port cities of India - Mumbai (Maharashtra), Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), Chennai and Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), New Delhi, Kandla(Gujarat) and Kolkata(West Bengal). These centres will help in quality control of the spices exported from India.

Source: SME TImes