Panelists at a webinar on National Sustainable Spice Programme (NSSP) on Cardamom highlighted the need for generating twenty five per cent of spices grown in India sustainable by 2025.
In direction of reaching this objective, they urged the energetic involvement of all the stakeholders in the NSSP initiative. The webinar was carried out as part of the start of NSSP for cardamom for the reward of farmers and other stakeholders of the cardamom sector.
D Sathiyan, Secretary, Spices Board, pointed out the troubles faced in the cardamom sector and the need for addressing the concerns of excellent and food stuff basic safety throughout the entire spices offer chain, starting from the cultivation phase. The emphasis on food stuff basic safety, excellent and sustainability is the need of the hour to retain the country’s dominant position in the classic export marketplaces, even though escalating the market place foundation to go over new marketplaces for Indian spices, he mentioned.
Spices Board, in collaboration with Earth Spice Organization – the specialized arm of All India Spices Exporters Discussion board, IDH (The Sustainable Trade Initiative) and GIZ World wide Undertaking (Private Small business Action for Biodiversity) has undertaken NSSP initiative on a pan-India basis covering five big spice crops of India particularly cardamom, pepper, chilli, cumin and turmeric.
Help to farmers
NSSP initiative seeks to support the farmers in increasing the excellent of their spice generate by addressing the excellent, food stuff basic safety, and sustainability and biodiversity concerns in the offer chain to assure better cost realisation for farmers and to add to escalating the exports.
The participants were being enlightened on the prospective customers and possible for adopting bio-range friendly creation as properly as other sustainable methods throughout the entire offer chain of little cardamom. The different initiatives taken by the Spices Board in collaboration with the industry were being offered to the stakeholders.
The exporter-participants reiterated their commitment to procuring sustainably created cardamom at a high quality cost which would help to further more endorse exports of little cardamom, moreover guaranteeing remunerative returns to the cardamom growers.
About a hundred and sixty participants, comprising cardamom farmers from Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, exporters, traders, officials from Spices Board, Indian Institute of Spices Study (IISR), attended the webinar, which centered on export prospective customers, excellent and food stuff basic safety concerns in cultivation of cardamom and the actions essential to endorse sustainable creation.