India exports 10 lakh tonnes of spices in 2017-18

India has exported 10,28,060 tonnes of spices worth Rs 1792955 in 2017-18, according to official figures released recently.

Government supports the producers of spices in the country through its flagship programme, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), with the objective of promoting holistic development of horticulture including spices, the release added.

The Mission programmes are implemented through State Horticulture Mission (SHM) in the various States.

The MIDH has components like production and distribution of planting materials, establishment of new garden (area expansion), creation of water resources, promotion of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)/Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), promotion of organic farming, promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), mechanization, creation of market infrastructure, processing and value addition etc.

These programmes are aimed at improving production, productivity and quality of the spices.