India the Land of Spices
India is known as the home of spices and boasts of a long history of trading with the ancient civilisations of Rome and China. Today, Indian spices are the most sought-after globally, given their exquisite aroma, texture and taste. India has the largest domestic market for spices in the world.
- Food processing
- Personal hygiene products, including cosmetics
India’s varying climatic conditions offer enormous scope for the cultivation of a variety of spices. Almost all Indian states produce spices. About 2.94 million hectares were under spices cultivation and produced 5.35 million tonnes in 2010-11, with Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Uttar Pradesh being the top producers.
India is the world's largest producer and exporter of spices of the 109 varieties listed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), as the country produces and exports about 75 varieties of spices.
Spices Board of India
The Spices Board of India works towards the development and worldwide promotion of Indian spices. It provides quality control and certification, registers exporters, documents trade information and provides inputs to the Central government on policy matters. It participates in major international fairs and food exhibitions to promote India spices, apart from organizing various domestic events.
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