The stakeholders of the spices industry in Unjha have pinned their hopes on the Gujarat government for land allocation to set up a Spices Park.
Announced by the Spices Board of India about two years ago, the park is being planned to provide processing infrastructure to the small and medium players in the State.
In their recent visit to Unjha APMC in North Gujarat, the Union Commerce Ministry officials have offered to extend support and fast-track the project. The project is billed as a public-private partnership model.
The park planned near Unjha will come up on 20 acres with the initial project cost estimated at ₹20 crore except the land cost.
A Spices Development Agency (SDA) is already set up at Unjha for the seed spices — cumin seed (jeera), fenugreek seeds (methi), coriander seeds (dhania) and fennel seeds.
Of the total spices exports of about ₹15,000-16,000 crore, seed spices contribute around ₹3,000 crore, of which 90 per cent is produced in Gujarat.
“The Commerce Department officials have agreed to support for the Spices Parkproject. This will boost the entire value chain of the seed spices. We are now awaiting Gujarat government’s allocation for land,” said Gaurang Patel, Chairman of Unjha APMC.