Central governments Spices Board has formulated an ambitious plan of setting up quality evaluation laboratories and spice parks to push up export of spices from the country.
Addressing the media,chairman of the Spices Board,Dr A Jayathillak,said quality evaluation labs will be set up in Delhi,Kandla and Kolkata by the end of 2012-13. Such quality evaluation laboratories are functioning in some parts of the country. Jayathillak also added that Spices Boards is also facilitating a buy back arrangement with the Madhya Pradesh government to increase the export of chilli from the state. Chilli,that is farmed over 2,000-3,000 acres of land in the state,is being exported.
Jayathillak also said that the board has set up spice parks which offer common facilities for cleaning,gardening,value addition,storage and marketing in major spices growing states. Spices parks have been established in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh and in Puttady in Kerala focussing on garlic,pepper and cardamom exports.
New parks are almost ready for operations in Jodhpur,Rajasthan for seed spices,in Guntur,Andhra Pradesh for Chillies,in Sivaganga,Tamil Nadu,for Chillies and turmeric and in Ramganj Mandi in Kota for seed species. New parks are under construction in Gunna in Madhya Pradesh and in Mehsana for seed species, said Jayathilak.