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3.1 LMT Spices Grown In Assam:CM Sarma
Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s Chief Minister, said that every year 3.1 lakh metric tonnes of spice production occurs in Assam
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Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s Chief Minister, said that every year 3.1 lakh metric tonnes of spice production occurs in Assam. The state also contributes significantly to the production of spices such as ginger, turmeric, coriander, mustard, chilli, and garlic.
The Minister asserted that in the current scenario where the entire world is seeking safe and healthy food that is free of chemicals and other contaminants, North Eastern India can come out as the major supplier of organic food to the world. He made this point while speaking at the International Buyer-Seller Meet and Spices Conclave, organised by the Spices Board of India for the North Eastern region.
Traders, farmers and foreign buyers from across the North East attended the conclave. It was organised following the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to facilitate India's rich heritage of traditional spices, herbs, and medicinal plants across countries, as well as to leverage the growth and development of spices, condiments, and similar products from that area.
India is known for its spices worldwide. Sharma said spices grown in the nation not only serve for cooking purposes but are often helpful for therapeutic and curative properties. He also mentioned that India is the homeland of 75 to 109 varieties of spices, which are mentioned by the International Organisation for Standardisation.
In recent years, India has become the world's largest producer, consumer, and exporter of spices, along with the production of different kinds of spices, and it is increasing rapidly, he added.
Sharma said that spices grown in the North Eastern regions have gained special recognition in the global market due to their quality, which is considered organic and unique among the other products. It has gained a special position worldwide due to its features.
He further said that the state has the capacity to become a major hub for post-harvest processing, value addition, and exporting spices from the region if provided with better connectivity and a dynamic infrastructure. It has the potential to become one of the major export hubs.
He also informed that steps have been taken in the direction of making best use of PM's Development Initiative for the North East, One District One Product (ODOP) scheme, to obtain a certified organic or organic by design label for spices produced in the region to maximise the potential the sector has.
The Minister praised the Spice Board's decision to establish a quality evaluation laboratory for spices in Guwahati, saying that by doing so, the North-Eastern region will have access to cutting-edge testing facilities for spices, allowing them to meet international standards.
The Minister mentioned the issue, saying that currently most spices are sold raw or semi-processed because of the insufficient infrastructure and industry capacity for processing and value addition, which in turn results in the low income of the farmers and the producers. Sharma emphasised that there should be proper coordination between the Spices Board, Farmer Producer Organisation, Agriculture as well as the Industry Department.
Tage Taki, the Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Dairy Development & Fisheries, Arunachal Pradesh, mentioned that to develop the spice sector of the North East region, the participants of the IBSM emphasised the requirement of proper technology and institutional support.
Sathiyan IFS, Secretary, Spices Board, said that to develop the Spice Sector of the north-east region, the participants of the IBSM emphasised the requirement for proper technology and institutional support. The International and the Spices Conclave are intended to promote native spices of the eight states in that region.
He further added that the key objective of the programme is to create direct trade links between domestic and foreign buyers of high quality indigenous spices.