India is giving strong emphasis on developing the spices sector by giving importance to quality production, said A Jayathilak, chairman, Spices Board.
Inaugurating the 27th sub-committee meeting of the International Standard Organisation (ISO) on spices, culinary herbs and condiments here today, he urged development of standards to ensure quality and food safety.
Today’s multifaceted spice trade industry and fast changing world calls for a close partnership between countries. Globalisation presents many challenges and it is necessary that the countries work in co-operation for mutual benefits, he added.
The ISO sub-committee meeting is being held in India after a gap of 30 years. The meeting is being attended by delegates from Spain, Sri Lanka and Iran besides India. Experts in the field of quality, food safety, scientists from Indian Institute of Spices Research, Agmark , Spices Board, and representatives of the spice industry are participating in the three-day conference.