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The spice exports of India increased by 35% in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2017-18 mainly because of large shipments of Chilli.
The total exports of spices reached to 306990 tonnes in April-June 2017 from 227938 tonnes in the same time period of the last fiscal year.
During the first quarter of FY 2017-18, with a shipment of 133000 tonnes, Chilli became the most exported spice.
The Spices Board chairman A Jayathilak told, “Chilli has been the most demanded Indian spice and has fulfilled the increasing international demand for quality spices in global markets. Moreover, Board’s efforts to promote garlic have resulted in substantial increase in its exports.”
Another spice that has shown growth in both quantity and value is Garlic. Garlic had a major contribution in the overall spice exports during the period and rose 169% when seen in terms of quantity. Fennel showed a hike of 92% in exports by quantity. Also, the exports of other seed spice namely mustard, aniseed and dill seed also increased by 83% in quantity.
A board release from Spice Board told that a spike in the demand for processed and value-added spices led to an increase in the exports of curry powder and pastes, besides spice oils and oleoresins. These made up a large part in the spices export pie of the first quarter of the present fiscal year.