The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FAPCCI) organized a Seminar on “Value Addition to the Spices and Marketing” on 9th May 2012 at Surana Udyog Auditorium, Red Hills, Hyderabad. Mr. P. Mohanaiah, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Hyderabad was the chief guest and Dr. G.K. Vidyashankar, Dy. Director (Marketing), Spices Board, Guntur was the guest of honour for this session.
Mr. V.S. Raju, President, FAPCCI, Mr. K. Bhaskarreddy, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, FAPCCI, Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General FAPCCI, Prof. Surendra Kumar Sood, Food Scientist & Technologist, Dr. A. Satyanarayana, Sr.Scientist & Head, CFTRI, Rc Hyderabad, Mr. P.B. Kaginalli, Managing Director, Gamma Agro-Medical Processing Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad, Dr. G. Lingappa, Asst Director (Dev.) Spices Board, Warangal, Dr. V. Sudershan Rao, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyd, Mr. R.R. Karpate, Dy. Agri. Marketing Officer, AGMARK, Kendriya Sadan, Hyderabad, B. Ramakrishna, Bureau of Indian Standards are the speakers at the occasion.
Dr. G.K. Vidyashankar, Dy. Director (Marketing), Spices Board said in his key note address is that the Indian Spice Industry Producing over 47 Lakhs M.T of Spices, Exporting around 175 Spices / Spice Products to over 160 Countries with 3000 Registered Exporters and 400 Manufacturer Exporters. Vision of the Indian Spice Industry is to become the processing hub and premier supplier of value added spices and herbs in the industrial, retail and food service segments of the global spices market by meeting the quality requirements. We have targeted to achieve Rs. 30,000 Crores of Spices Exports by 2020.
To empower the growers of spices and ensure better price realization, the Spices Board has establishing Spices Parks across the nation to provide scientific infrastructure facilities. The Spices Park are primarily intended to benefit the growing community through quality improvement, grading, packing, warehousing, etc for value addition which would lead to better price realization of their produce. The exporters can also set up their unit in the Parks for processing spices under the terms and conditions of the Board. Initially the Spices Board establishing Spices parks in Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Puttady (Kerala), Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), Sivaganga (Tamil Nadu), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Mehsana (Gujarat), Kota (Rajastan) and Guna (Madhya Pradesh).
The Spices Park is setting up at Mydavolu village in Edlapadu mandal in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Spread across 125 acres, it will have mass chilly-drying capacity of 10 tonnes per day. The park specialise in chillies as it is a major production and marketing centre for chillies. It will produce value-added commodities like oil, oleoresins, curry powder and crushed chillies. Processing facilities set up by the Board and exporters of chillies and chilli products from different parts of the country, expressions of interest for which have already been invited. The Guntur park will help India export value-added products directly Dr. G.K. Vidyashankar said.
Mr. P. Mohanaiah, Chief General manager, NABARD said in his chief guest address is that the -India is the largest-producer and exporter of spices in the global market (40%). The exports have increased significantly in the past few years with 18% growth rate. The changing pattern of food consumption or consumption of more spicy foods, especially in developed countries and the large population of Indian origin in these countries has resulted in good export orders for Indian spice exporters. The major importers of spices from India are Europe, the US, Singapore and the Gulf countries.