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Mumbai, Sept. 15

WITH consumption in the country rising and no production increases in sight, Indian spices may soon lose the battle for global market share, according to Mr Kirandeep Singh Swani, Chairman of Indian Spice and Foodstuff Exporters Association.

Addressing the annual meeting of members who are essentially exporters of spices and food products, Mr Swani said the Government and the Spices Board would have to move quickly to raise domestic production of various spices if India wished to continue to be a leading exporter.

Suggesting that India could be going the China way, the speaker pointed out that China, which used to export earlier, was not any more a serious exporter of many spices and even sesameseed. Rising prosperity results in large increases in domestic consumption, he asserted.

Commending the role of the Spices Board in bringing in new control measures for export of chillies and products and for investing in top quality testing equipments, Mr Swani pointed out that not a single case of the Sudan dye contamination was reported in recent times. It is believed that a similar control on turmeric may be coming soon.

With a production base of 27 lakh tonnes covering 50 different types of spices, India exports 8-10 per cent of its output to 150 different countries.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 16, 2005)
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