18th November 2023

Inaugural Session

9:45 AM- 11:10 AM

Welcome address :

Mr. Ramkumar Menon, Chairman WSO

Keynote Address :

Dr. Sanjay Arya, Secretary Central Insecticide Board & Registration Committee

Keynote Address :

Dr. Homey Cherian, Director- DASD, Ministry of Agriculture

Special Address :

Dr. A B Remashree, Director Research, Spices Board, Ministry of Commerce

Setting the Context :

Mr. Cherian Xavier, Chairman- Business committee, NSC 2023

Session 1

11:10 AM- 12:30 PM

Increasing income through Sustainable Practices


Dr. Poonam Pande, Sustainability Expert, McCormick

Case study by corporates for more cost efficient Supply chains:

Ms. Syamala Gouri, Senior Manager-Sustainability, Jayanti Herbs & Spices

Regenerative practices in spice cultivation :

Mr. Bhavit Pant, Manager, Markets, Rain Forest Alliance

Technology Adoption in Agriculture- precision
farming, drone technology and AI Applications :

Mr. Anil Shastry, Key Relationship Manager, South India, Syngenta India

Cultivation practices leading to better
quality and income :

Mr. Upendar Reddy, MasterTrainer, NSSP

Session 2

12:30 PM- 1:30 PM

Food Safety and Compliance

FSSAI Standards and Regulations for Spices :

Mr. Sunil Bakshi, Consultant (Science & Standards, CODEX) (Chairperson)

Indian Regulation on Pesticide Residues in Spices:

Dr. Paresh G. Shah, Chairman, FSSAI Scientific Panel on Pesticide Residues (Chairperson)

Panel Discussion

Topics Covered in the Session:


Regulations and Standards , Label claims, MRL issues
Health and safety/ GAPs and Phytosanitary Measures

Food fraud/ adulteration
Safety Concerns and Risk Management

Mr. Thyagarajan Advisor WSO (Moderator)
Dr. Vandana Tripathy, National Coordinator-AINP, ICAR
Dr. Santhosh Eapen, Former Director, ICAR-IISR
Dr. Hari Senthil Kumar, Research Scientist, ITC Ltd

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM


2:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Funding opportunities for farmers

Opening remarks and Presentation on NABARD Schemes for supporting Farmer Groups:

Smt Suseela Chintala, CGM NABARD Telangana

Carbon assesment and monetization :

Mr NVB Raphael, WSO

Spices Board schemes for FPOs :

Representative from Spices Board

Presentation on Activities of FPOs:

Mr. K. Upender Reddy
Dr. Takat Singh Rajpurohit
Dr. T N Balamohan
Dr. Ashok Mishra
Mr. K Ramachandram
Mr. Augustus Suting

Presentation on DPPP spices project  ‘Enhancement of Smallholder Spice Farmers Capacities in Sustainable Farming’  implemented by GIZ, AVT McCormick and McCormick:

Case study by DPPP project farmer and Dr. Poonam Pande,  Sustainability Expert, McCormick

4:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Interface Between FPOs, Buyers and other stakeholders/ Networking

7:00 PM- 9:00 PM


19th November 2023

9:30 AM- 10:30 AM

Informal discussion
Current pesticide related challenges faced by spice sector - Remedial measures to solve them


Dr. PK Chakrabarty, Retd. ADG (PP) and Former Secretary ASRB

Setting the Context

Mr. Cherian Xavier, Chairman- Business committee, NSC 2023

Session 3

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Better input management and improving productivity
Panel Discussion

Topics Covered in the Session :

Panelists :

Current practices/ possible improvements Economics of seeds and pesticides

Waste management- Post harvest loss, input waste
Research and development
Integrating Technology

Mr.Unmesh Brahme, Director Markets, IDH- The sustainable Trade Initiative (Chairperson)
Mr. Srinivasa Karavadi, Lead- Commercial Unit, South & Rice Community, Crop Science division of Bayer India, Bangladesh & Srilanka
Dr. Prasath, Project Coordinator, AICRP for Spices, IISR
Dr. John Peter, Founder and CEO, Varsha Bioscience and Technology
Mr. Sandeep Voddepalli, AGM-Spices, BigHaat

Session 4

12:00 PM- 1:20 PM

Innovative Processes and Market Trends
Panel Discussion

Topics Covered in the Session :

Panelists :

Consumer Demands

Mr. Prakash Namboodiri, Commercial Director- Strategy & Growth, AB Mauri

Market Trends

Mr. Thennarasu, Head of Operations, Wipro
Mr. Sanjeev Bisht, Vice President, Value Added Products, ITC Limited – Agri Business Division
DS Group

Innovative Packaging of Spices: Challenges & Opportunities:

Dr. NC Saha, Former Director, Indian Institute of Packaging

1:20 PM – 1:30 PM

Vote of Thanks

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM


Sustainability, Biodiversity with Ground Challenges

Session on Sustainability, Sourcing

New Innovation and tend of value chain partners