National Sustainable Spice Program (NSSP) was launched in the North-East India through a webinar on June 15, 2020.
The webinar brought together key spice industry stakeholder in the region and highlighted field level interventions proposed by NSSP aimed at improving farmer livelihood through capacity building programs. It also called for active participation of Farmer Producing Organization (FPOs), aggregators, processors, retailers, exporters and government agencies. A total of 246 participants attended the webinar.
Ramkumar Menon, Chairman – WSO, briefed the participants on NSSP, which aims at improving food safety and sustainability and increasing market linkage opportunities to the spice farmers in the country.
Keynote address was delivered by D. Sathiyan, Secretary, Spices Board (IFS), who shared information on various programs initiated by Spices Board India to benefit farmers of North Eastern states. He also suggested the spice farmers to aggregate into spice producer societies, farmer producer organizations, spice farmer producer companies or export clusters so that more efficient intervention from the government can be ensured.
Philip Kuruvilla, Coordinator – NSSP, gave insights on the importance of NSSP in ensuring sustainable development in socio, economic and environmental aspects of the spice farming sector and urged all participants to join the programme.
Other partner organizations including IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative and GIZ were also represented during the webinar. Interactive sessions were conducted between the stakeholders to have active discussions about the platform and sustainability challenges in the sector.
North East India is a major spice growing region in the country, and as such a key focus area for NSSP. A variety of spices are grown in the region, including large cardamom, ginger, turmeric, chillies and black pepper. The spices grown in the region are high mostly high in quality, with minimal use of agrochemicals.