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Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
07 JAN 2019 5:51PM by PIB Delhi
Merger of Commodity Boards

The Government is not planning merger of the Commodity Boards into a single entity to improve production and exports of plantation crops. it has taken various initiatives through the individual Commodity Boards to enhance the quality and boost exports of the plantation crops by way of providing financial and technical assistance to the growers and the industry for new planting, replanting, rejuvenation, quality up-gradation, value addition and market promotion through the schemes implemented by these Boards.

 

The exports of coffee, tea and spices have recorded positive growth in 2017-18 against 2016-17and 2015-16. The export of tobacco has shown a decreasing trend. The details of export during last three years are:                              

 (Qty. in MT and Value in Rs. Crores)

Crop

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Export (Qty)

Value

Export (Qty)

Value

Export (Qty)

Value

Tea

2,32,920

4493.10

2,27,630

4632.50

2,56,570

5064.88

Coffee

3,10,015

5056

3,43,933

5447

3,95,014*

6210

Spices

8,43,255

16238.23

9,47,790

17812.23

1,028,060

17980.16

Tobacco

2,43,418

6058.13

2,31,800

5975.08

2,12,916

5539.94

     Source: Commodity Boards.           * Provisional.

The details of grants received by these Boards for implementation of schemes in the respective sectors during the last three years are as below:

Board

2015-16

(Actual)

2016-17

(Actual)

2017-18

(Revised)

Tea Board

179.46

150.41

190.60

Coffee Board

157.34

154.74

186.55

Rubber Board

241.74

184.75

183.08

Spices Board

115.35

89.35

97.10

Tobacco Board

Tobacco Board has not drawn any grants from the Government.

The Department of Commerce has approved to extend 7th CPC benefits to Pensioners of Coffee Board and other Commodity Boards - Tea Board, Rubber Board, Spices Board and Tobacco Board with effect from 1.1.2016 for Tobacco Board’s pensioners.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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