Spices Board India

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With certain spices of Indian brands facing ban in Singapore and Hong Kong due to quality concerns, the Spices Board said it will start mandatory testing of such consignments destined to these two countries.

About Spices Board India:

  • It is the statutory organization constituted on 26th February 1987, under the Spices Board Act 1986.
  • It was formed with the merger of the erstwhile Cardamom Board and Spices Export Promotion Council.
  • The Board functions as an international link between the Indian exporters and the importers abroad and it has been involved in various activities which touch upon every segment of the spices sector.
  • Main functions
    • The Spices Board is responsible for the overall development of cardamom (small and large) in terms of improving production, productivity and quality.
    • The Board is also implementing post-harvest improvement programmes for improving quality of the 52 scheduled spices for export.
    • The various development programmes and post-harvest quality improvement programmes of the Board are included under the head ‘Export Oriented Production’.
    • Promotion of organic production, processing and certification of spices
    • Development of spices in the North East
    • Provision of quality evaluation services
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

Q1: What is cardamom?

It is popularly known as Queen of Spices and belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. It is native to the evergreen, rainy forests of Western Ghats in South India.It is cultivated mainly in the Southern states, viz., Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.

Source: Ban on MDH, Everest products: Spices Board mulls mandatory testing of consignments to Singapore, Hong Kong