India's exports of spices and spice products have touched an all-time high during 2016-17, said Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Spices exports from the country have touched Rs. 17665 crore in the year, against Rs 16238 crore in 2015-16. Volume wise, India exported 947790 tons of spices in 2016 -17, against 843255 tons in the previous year.
The minister added that no targets are fixed by the government for export of spices as the production and export of spices are dependent upon various factors such as climatic conditions, market forces, domestic and international demand, etc.
In her reply, she informed that the Spices Board is implementing the “Export Oriented Production, Export Development & Promotion of Spices” Scheme wherein assistance is provided to cultivators of cardamom for production of quality planting materials, replanting of old and uneconomic gardens, new planting, irrigation development programme, improved curing facilities, farm mechanization, etc. for boosting production.
The board also implements several programmes for spices farmers which include development of infrastructure for common processing facilities in Spice Parks, adaptation of upgraded technology in spice processing, setting up of quality evaluation labs for sampling and testing of the export consignments for meeting quality specifications of consuming countries, etc.