Spices Board was constituted as a statutory body on 26th February, 1987 under Section (3) of the Spices Board Act, 1986. The Board is headed by a Chairman with its head office at Kochi. Spices Board is responsible for the development of cardamom industry and export promotion of 52 spices listed in the schedule of the Spices Board Act, 1986. The primary function of the Board includes production development of small and large cardamom, promotion, development and regulation of export of spices. The Board is also responsible for implementing programmes for development of spices in North Eastern region and organic spices in the country. The activities of the Board include issue of certificate of registration as exporter of spices; undertaking programmes and projects for promotion of export of spices like setting up of spices parks, support of infrastructure improvement in spices processing, assisting and encouraging studies and research on medicinal properties of spices, development of new products, improvement of processing, grading and packaging of spices; striving towards stabilization of prices of spices for export and controlling & upgrading quality for export (including setting up of regional quality evaluation labs and training centers). With regard to cardamom, registered auctioneers and dealers facilitate the domestic marketing through e-auctions. The research activities on cardamom are also done by the Board through its Indian Cardamom Research Institute.
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