Spices Board is a statutory body set up on 26th February 1987 under the Spices Board Act 1986 (No. 10 of 1986) by merging the erstwhile Cardamom Board (1966) and Spices Export Promotion Council (1960). It has the specific responsibility to develop, promote and regulate export of 52 spices listed in the Schedule of the Spices Board Act. Besides, it is responsible for production, development, and regulation of sale of cardamom with a view to stabilise the cardamom prices in the interest of growers and consumers. The control of quality of spices for export is also vested with the Board. The Spices Board consists of a Chairman appointed by the Central Government and 31 other members representing various stakeholders of industry, exporters, growers, MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya sabha, State Governments, and Ministries of the Central Government. The present Board was reconstituted on 3rd February, 2014.
The Board has its headquarters in Kochi and 14 Regional offices (ROs) at Bodinayakanur, Erode, Haveri, Guntur, Warangal, Mumbai, Unjha, Guna, Barabanki, New Delhi, Jodhpur, Guwahati, Kolkata and Gangtok. There are 17 Divisional Offices (DOs) at Nedumkandam, Puttady, Rajakumari, Chennai, Turicorin, Chickmagalore, Madikeri, Shimoga, Bangalore, Agarthala, Aizwal, Itanagar, Jorethang, Kalimpong, Mangan, Tadong and Tinsukia supported by 60 Field offices (FOs) and 5 Departmental nurseries. The e-auction centres has been established by the Board for conducting auction for Cardamom (Small) at Puttady in Kerala and Bodinayakanur in Tamil Nadu. The auction centre for Cardamom (Large) has been set up at Singtam, Sikkim. The Indian Cardamom Research Institute (ICRI) at Myladumpara, Idukki, Kerala has been established by the Spices Board to undertake basic and applied research on Cardamom (Small). Two Regional Research Stations were also set up at Saklespur in Hassan District of Karnataka and Thadiankudisai in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu. To undertake research on Cardamom (Large), the most important commercial crop of Sikkim and Darjeeling District of West Bengal, third Regional Research Station was established at Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim.
The Board has established state of the art Laboratories in Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai, Guntur, Delhi and Tuticorin to address the various quality issues of spices exported from the country as also to meet the requirements specified by the importing countries. The laboratories analyse various parameters such as pesticide residues, Aflatoxins, Ochratoxin and the presence of illegal dyes and various microbial parameters in spices. Apart from the mandatory quality testing and certification of selected spices for export, the Regional Laboratories conduct regional quality surveys to identify hotspot areas at which the quality problems are sustained and suggest remedial measures.
The Board undertakes programmes and projects for promotion of exports, development of infrastructure for spice exports, development and research of cardamom, post-harvest quality improvement, standardization and up-gradation of quality of spices through regional quality evaluation labs cum training centers. Specific programmes aimed at “Export Oriented Production’’, ‘’Export Development & Promotion”, and ‘’Export oriented Research’’ have been implemented by the Board with budgetary support from Government.
A scheme of Spices Parks has been initiated by the Board, where common processing facilities at par with international standards are set up in the major spice growing areas for value addition and storage of spices and spice products. The Regional crop-specific Spices Parks offer common infrastructure facilities for pre & post harvesting and processing facilities in which the produce could undergo cleaning, grading, sorting, grinding, packing, warehousing etc and achieve value addition. The Spices Parks help in promotion of export of spices and spice products by meeting the quality specifications of consuming countries. The exporters of spices can also set up their processing units inside the park and avail the common processing facilities. The Board has set up Spices Parks in Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Puttady (Kerala), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Guna (Madhya Pradesh), Sivaganga (Tamil Nadu) and Guntur (Andhra Pradesh).
As a part of re-structuring the offices of the Board for effectively implementing various development, post-harvest quality improvement, domestic marketing and export promotion programmes, 10 Spice Development Agencies (SDAs) have been constituted in major spice growing areas. The major objective of the SDAs is to have convergence and synergy of activities by different State/ Central agencies for overall development of spices. The Spices Development Agency is chaired by the Chief Secretary of the concerned State and consist of members representing the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Central/State Ministry of Agriculture, State Horticulture Department, Agri Universities and various stake holders of spice industry viz. growers, traders and exporters. The SDAs will formulate programmes for addressing the issues related to the production, quality, domestic marketing and export of spices in the region. The identified programmes will be implemented by the Regional Office of the Board in co-ordination with the concerned State agencies and stake holders subject to the approval of the Board.
Apart from this, an exclusive agency viz. Saffron Production and Export Development Agency (SPEDA) with the mandate to plan and support specific programmes for development and promotion of export of quality saffron from the State of Jammu & Kashmir has been set up with headquarters in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. SPEDA shall act as a subordinate agency under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in the Central Government and function under overall authority, supervision and control of Spices Board.
Address: Spices Board, (Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India), 'Sugandha Bhavan", N.H.By Pass, Palarivattom.P.O, Cochin – 682025 Kerala, India, Phone : 91-484-2333610 – 616, Fax : 91-484-2334429, 2331429, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.indianspices.com
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