March 05, 2018
With many sectors in the food industry receiving support from the government, even the spices segment is gaining impetus. Recently, Central Government has directed the Spices Board to open a special cell particularly for turmeric in Telangana state. In response to the latter’s repeated pleas to the centre for setting up a Turmeric Board for Telangana farmers.
Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu in his letter addressed to Telangana Minister for Industries K T Rama Rao informed him that the mandate for production research and marketing of spices including turmeric vests in the Union Ministry of Agriculture which implements several programme for the production and development of spices including turmeric under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) and concerned state Agriculture/Horticulture Departments.
Export promotion and quality control activities in respect of spices including turmeric are being taken care by the spices board India. Prabhu said Spices Board has been directed to open a Special Cell for Telangana in the spices board office in Telangana for spices, mainly for turmeric. The establishment of a ‘Spices Park’ for turmeric with the support of State Government and possible support under the scheme of Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) being implemented by the Department of Commerce, could also be considered in case, the state government initiates the proposal.