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8   AgriTech indiA  January 2018                                                                                                     News

          Spices exports rise 24% in fiscal                                      increase  in  exports  to  the   as  the  spice  most  in  demand   was  turmeric  with  an  export
                                                                                                            Chilli retained its position
                                                                                 efforts by the Board to promote
                                                                                                                                 volume of 59,000 tonnes worth
          first half; chilli most in demand                                      the spices.             with  exports  of  2.35  lakh   Rs. 547.63 crore.
                                                                                    “What is satisfying is that
                                                                                                         tonnes worth Rs. 2,125.90 crore
                                                                                 India’s  exports  of  spices  and   in  value  as  against  1.65  lakh
           ndia  exported  5.57  lakh   This is an increase of 24%   Jayathilak as saying that chilli,   spice  products  have  been   tonnes in the previous fiscal. It
          Itonnes  of  spices  and  spice   in  quantity  and  2%  in  rupee   cumin,  turmeric,  cardamom,   consistently moving up in the   is an increase of 42% in terms
          products  worth  Rs.  8,850.53   terms, said a press release here.   garlic and mint products were   face of volatility in international   of quantity.
          crore  during  April-September   Earnings in dollar terms went   in ‘great’ demand from among   markets  and  stringent  food   Chilli  was  followed  by
          2017  compared  with  4.5  lakh   up  6%  from  $1,299.96  million   the Indian spices.  safety regulations imposed by   cumin  with  a  total  volume
          tonnes  worth  Rs.  8,700  crore   to $1,373.97 million.               countries across the globe,” he   of  79,460  tonnes  worth  Rs.
          during the same period a year   The  press  release  cited   ‘Rise despite headwinds’  said.   1,324.58 crore. The next in line
          earlier.               the Spices Board chairman A.   He  also  attributed  the

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                                                           Alongside the region’s first ever dedicated B2B event for honey production apiARAB, and VIV MeA the
                                                           world’s leading expo for poultry and livestock production.

              he Global Forum                                                                               Renowned for its line-up   conference and exhibition to
              for Innovations in                                                                         of innovative speakers GFIA   foster meaningful dialogue,
          TAgriculture 2018                                                                              Abu Dhabi 2018 will focus on   collaboration, recognition
          (GFIA), returns to Abu                                                                         six key areas: indoor/covered   and year-round action
          Dhabi as part of the UAE’s                                                                     farming and hydroponics;   between regional food
          Innovation Month to                                                                            date palm production; fish   producers, buyers, innovators,
          showcase the latest game-                                                                      farming; livestock and animal   policymakers and investors,”
          changing innovations and                                                                       health; sustainable crops;   stated Nicola Davison, GFIA
          technology from across the                                                                     and apiculture.  With an   Event Director.
          world critical to food security                                                                emphasis on sensible farming   Davisonadded: “GFIA
          across MENA. GFIA Abu                                                                          practices, conservation of the   was born from the belief that
          Dhabi will be held with                                                                        environment, yields, pests   continuous innovation in
          strategic support from Abu   productivity of beekeepers   the UAE and Saudi Arabia   Gulf countries the new event   control and overcoming   agriculture is the only way
          Dhabi Food Control Authority   and honey producers in the   and 100’s of tonnes of honey   will support the growth of   challenges to climate change   to feed nine billion people by
          (ADFCA) and the UAE    UAE. With 1,200,000 hives in   produced annually across the   this sector.  over 200 manufacturers and   2050 sustainably. Since 2014,
          Ministry of Climate Change                                                                     suppliers will present ideas   GFIA events have welcomed
          and Environment from the                                                                       and inspirations in sustainable   over 20,000 visitors, and
          5-6  February at Abu Dhabi                                                                     food production from across   we are proud to work with
          National Exhibition Centre.                                                                    business and science to over   over 50 globally significant
            Free to attend, GIFA                                                                         15,000 visitors expected to   partners committed to using
          Abu Dhabi, is taking place                                                                     attend the trio of events.   the Forum as a catalyst for
          alongside VIV MEA the                                                                             “With a rapidly growing   change.”
          world’s leading expo for                                                                       population, the MENA       Registration to
          poultry and livestock                                                                          region’s need to address food   attend GFIA Abu Dhabi
          production and ApiARAB the                                                                     security is more urgent than   2018 is now open www.
          regions first ever B2B event                                                                   almost anywhere else. GFIA
          dedicated to increasing the                                                                    offers visitors a pioneering
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