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4.SPICES BOARD

Spices Board conducts Buyer Seller Meet for small cardamom.

About Spices Board:

  • Spices Board (Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India) is the flagship organization for the development and worldwide promotion of Indian spices.
  • It was constituted in 1987 under the Spices Board Act, 1986 by merging the Cardamom Board and the Spices Export Promotion Council.
  • The Spices Board is one of the five commodity boards functioning under the Commerce Ministry.
  • It is an autonomous body responsible for the promotion of the 52 scheduled spices and the development of small and large cardamom.

Functions and role of Spices Board:

  • Research, Development and Regulation of domestic marketing of Small & Large Cardamom.
  • Post-harvest improvement of all spices.
  • Promotion of organic production, processing and certification of spices.
  • Development of spices in the North East.
  • Provision of quality evaluation services.
  • Export promotion of all spices.
  • Quality certification and control.
  • Registration of exporters.
  • Provision of inputs to the Central Government on policy matters relating to import & export of spices.

About Cardamom:

  • Cardamom is known as the ‘Queen of Spices’ because of its pleasant aroma and taste.
  • Kerala is the largest producer of small cardamom in the country, with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka being other producers.
  • Cardamom is the dried seed pod of aherbaceous perennial plant in the ginger family and is native to India, Bhutan and Nepal.

 

SOURCE: PIB

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