According to the official figures released by the spices board, India has exported 10,28,060 tonnes of spices worth Rs 1792955 in 2017-18.A statement issued by Spices board stated, “India exported a record 10,28,060 tonnes of spices and spice products valued at Rs 17,929.55 crore in 2017-18 as against 9,47,790 tonnes worth Rs 17,664.61 crore in FY 2016-17, registering an increase of 8 per cent in volume and one per cent in rupee terms.”
Government through its flagship programme is supporting the producers of spices in the country, with the objective of promoting holistic development of horticulture including spices. The Mission programmes are implemented through State Horticulture Mission (SHM) in the various States.
The Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) includes the components like production and distribution of planting materials, establishment of new garden (area expansion), creation of water resources, promotion of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)/Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), promotion of organic farming, promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), mechanization, creation of market infrastructure, processing and value addition etc.
The aim of these programmes is to improve production, productivity and quality of the spices.
There are several programmes that are implemented by MoA&FW for increasing production, productivity and quality of spices in the country under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
The main interventions include area expansion, rejuvenation and replanting of old and senile crops, production and distribution of quality planting materials, Integrated Pest and Disease Management, Integrated Nutrient Management, organic farming, mechanization, integrated post-harvest management, development of market yards, technology dissemination through frontline demonstration, and human resource development.