History of the Council
The Spice Council was formed in 2003 as a result of a recommendation made by the Task Force for Spices and Allied Products appointed by the Ministry of Enterprise Development and International Trade and the Spice Cluster Strategy Report of the Spice Cluster. It was modeled on the very successful Spice Board of India. This was supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industries & Enterprise Development and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project - “The Competitiveness Initiative” (TCI). The Spice Cluster consisted of all diverse stakeholders in the public, private and NGO sectors, all of whom were brought to same table to discuss the crosscutting issues of the diverse spice sector that was working in separate compartments without any links.