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Organic Spices

 
V A Parthasarathy (Editor) K. Kandiannan (Editor) V. Srinivasan (Editor)
Synopsis The global changes warranted fastness in food production system and fast foods. In tune with demand, crop production also oriented accordingly. However, the proverb 'Health is a Wealth' has reminded us to keep vigil on system and method of food production and food safety. The ill-effect of conventional chemical based farming is well documented and public realized the importance of organically produced food and efforts are being made to popularize the organic production. India is a "Land of Spices", each state or union territory in India cultivates one or other spice. Since spices form a part of many medicines the demand for organically produced spices is increasing considerably. Assuming a market growth of 10% in Europe, USA and Japan for organic spice products the world demand for organic spices may grow to 57000 tonnes in the next 10 years. Large scale use of high analysis fertilizers and pesticides result in environmental hazards and imbalances in soil nutrients. Since spices are high valued and export oriented in nature it is imperative to keep the levels of pesticide residues below tolerance limits in view of the standards set by the importing countries. Hence the book on "Organic Spices" is timely and covers all aspects of organic spice production. The topic includes historical spice trade and importance of spices in food chain. Brief account on organic agriculture movement in the world and its present status and opportunity for organic spices in the world market are given. The chemistry and different methods of composting are included in the organic manures chapter will be informative. Microbes play a greater role in agriculture, a separate chapter devoted on microbes and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria would definitely enrich the readers. Not only that, the topics on biological control of insect pests, nematodes, fungus and bacteria of spices highlighted in separate chapters would be of interest in organic production system. The importance, composition, uses, botany and varieties, organic way of production of spices like black pepper, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, chillies and paprika, nutmeg, vanilla, seed spices like cumin, fennel, fenugreek, coriander and their harvest and post harvest processing are enumerated. The chapters on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and organic certification procedures outlined for adoption. This would serve as a reference book for researchers, teachers and students besides farmers, traders and consumers..
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About the authors

V A Parthasarathy

Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, Ph.D. a renowned and well-known horticulturalist cum biotechnologist of repute is the Director of Indian institute of Spices research (ICAR), calicut from 2002. He is a recipient of ICAR Team Award in Horticulture (as leader) during 2002 and is widely traveled. He has more than 30 years of research experience in Horticulture / plantation crops like citrus, vegetables, gerbera, gladiolus, coconut and spices. An expert in bio-technology and breeding of horticulture crops, he has published over 170 research articles in refereed journals, edited 15 books and contributed about 40 chapters and invited reviews. He also guided many Ph.D. students. He is member of many committees.

V. Srinivasan

V. Srinivasan is the managing director and chief executive officer of 3i Infotech Ltd, a global technology company with about 2500 employees. He is responsible for the company’s spectacular expansion from its inception to the current levels. A graduate in mathematics from Madras University, Srinivasan joined the ICICI group, the second largest banking group in India, in 1980. He has had varied exposure in areas such as client relationship, project finance, rehabilitation, systems and procedures, and accounts. His expertise in operations, combined with a thorough academic background in finance and a flair for systems, has allowed him to re-engineer several of ICICI group's processes to make them among the most modern and enviable in the industry.

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Bibliographic information

Title Organic Spices
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.03.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189422847
length xvi+694p., Tables.