Kochi: A team from Madagascar, the world leader in
vanilla production is expected to visit India in September
to explore the scope for forming a global body for the
promotion of vanilla.
proposed body, consisting of all vanilla producing countries
in the world would be on the lines of the International
Pepper Community. It will promote and propagate the use
of natural vanilla and also share information which would
help to keep the prices at realistic levels.
Spice Board Chairman, C J Jose, who had visited Madagascar
recently, says that compared to Madagascar, India had
an edge on the quality of vanilla, its productivity and
also the cultivation practices.
had detailed discussions with representatives of vanilla
growers, processors and officials in Madagascar. In view
of the fall in production by around 500 tonnes last year
and the resultant increase in prices to Rs 4,000 per kg,
vanilla growers in Madagascar had gone around pollinating
the flowers. This could yield smaller beans of an inferior
this year, the production was expected to double. With
a view to getting a better price, traders had been trying
to delay exports from Madagascar even though harvesting
was on. The real price situation can therefore be gauged
only by November-December when the exports from Madagascar
were expected, the sources added.
edge for the Indian variety was that the vanilla grown
in Indonesia was alleged to have mercury residues. The
Indian variety has higher bourbon content and had wider
acceptance in the market. The production last year was
is expected to touch 200 tonnes this year. An area of
l3,600 hectares was under vanilla cultivation, but only
1,000 hectares were yielding.