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Indias spices exports boom

India sees record level of spice exports

India's export of culinary spices hit an all-time high of 525,750 tonnes for the financial year that ended in March 2011, according to data provided by the Spices Board of India.

The record-setting figure was attributed to strong demand for chili, garlic, ginger and spice oils.

Current figures represent a growth of 4.57 per cent, from 502,750 tonnes the previous year.

According to the Spices Board, chili saw the most vigorous growth, up 17.65 per cent to 240,000 tonnes.

However, spices such as pepper, cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg and mace saw an increase in value despite a decreased volume of sales.

Meanwhile, some spices such as coriander and cumin decreased in both value and quantity.

Total earnings were over $1.5 billion (£908 million), a jump of 28 per cent, compared to $1.2 billion year-on-year.

Turmeric was recently found to have cancer fighting properties, according to Dr Richard Beliveau.

"Several studies published in recent years have shown that the spice could play a pivotal role in cancer prevention," he explained.

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