International Spice Conference's 3rd edition concludes on high note
Jaipur: The third edition of International Spice Conference, one of the most important event in worldwide Spice Industry concluded today at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Jaipur. Themed “Managing Disruptions through Transformation and Collaboration”, this four day conference began on 4th February. The Pink City witnessed over seven hundred and fifty delegates representing various states, Industry leaders from fifty countries, International Spice Associations representatives, Policy makers, farmers and End-Users. The four days conference was meant to make effective strategies and innovative technologies that foster sustainable farming thus improving livelihood of spice farmers and to address spice industry challenges, food safety concerns and demand supply disparity.
This prestigious conference was also addressed by Ms. Arancha Gonzalvez, Executive Director, International Trade Center, Geneva. Addressing the conference Mr. Prakash Namboodiri, Chairman, All India Spices Exporters Forum said, "When food safety standards are constantly changing and the industrial environment is constantly evolving, addressing the concerns and imbalances of the industry by the stakeholders is not a choice, but a necessity. Thus, ensuring the sustainability of the crops and improving the livelihood of the farmers also becomes a collective responsibility. It is in this context we are confident that the outcome of this third Edition of International Spice Conference will serve the purpose.”
The four days conference was being hosted by the All India Spices Exporters Forum (AISEF) which represents about 80% of spices exports from India in association with Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The professionals from the food industry, spices and herbs industry, ingredients manufacturing and fragrances and flavours industry, farmers, processors, traders, testing and regulatory authorities, representatives of associations of food and allied services, hospitality industry and relevant government functionaries were part of the event. Anurag Mehrotra , MD Ford India; Ms Karen Cvitkovich, Global Management Consultant; Mr Siraj Choudhry MD Cargill India were the key note speakers. Plethora of eminent speakers & panellists from across the globe lend color to the conference.
Multi track sessions and panel discussions were held in these four days covering current issues and topics touching spices sector like customer oriented farming, changing market landscape, meeting goals of Global Spice Industry, Organic Spices, Sustainable Spice Initiative, Collaboration among strategic stakeholders, Operational Stakeholders, Crops and Markets and open house discussions on different spices. On the last day, presentations were presented on cumin, turmeric, ginger and various herbs. Audio visuals were also presented on Onion & Garlic, Red Pepper and Black Pepper.
ISC 2018 also focused on bringing relevant information from the market in the form of Direct Farm Reports, Audio Visual presentations and Real Time Studies through direct visits to farm. With about 800 delegates including 300 overseas, the conference closed in a very high note.