NSSP has been launched in four locations key to spices sector in India – Guntur, Andhra Pradesh; Hyderabad, Telangana; Unja, Gujarat; and Madikeri, Karnataka. NSSP program has been jointly undertaken by the World Spice Organization (WSO – technical arm of All India Spices Exporters Forum), Spices Board of India, IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative and GIZ (Private Business Action for Biodiversity) to address social, economic and environmental issues in the spices industry in India.
The primary objective of the program is to focus on ‘Food Safety and Sustainability’ in the major spice growing regions in the country, by bringing together key players in the sector with a commitment on sustainable spice production.
The events were attended by representatives from the public sector, private sector and other spices industry stakeholders, who agreed to work together towards a common goal of promoting sustainability in the sector.
At Guntur, the event was inaugurated by Chiranjiv Chaudhary, IFS Horticulture Commissioner Andhra Pradesh. He appreciated the initiative taken by the partners to work together towards a common goal to promote sustainability in the spices sector. D. Sathiyan IFS, Secretary of the Spices Board was also present at the event. Addressing the attendees, he mentioned that he hopes that NSSP will bring in convergence in the development and marketing initiatives in spices sector.
In Hyderabad, the event was launched by Venkatram Reddy, Director of Horticulture and Sericulture – Telangana, who appreciated the joint initiative by the programme partners. He suggested to have a pilot programme at Lakshmipura Village, Jagityal district of Andhra Pradesh. He also mentioned that FPOs in Nadikur Village in Warangal District are ready to work as per the requirement of the buyer.
During the event, interactive sessions between the sector stakeholders and farmer and farmer groups were also conducted to facilitate discussions on farming practices and market linkages.