The 36th Session and meetings of International Pepper Community was held recently in Vietnam. The Session and Meetings were hosted by the Government of Vietnam and organized jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Pepper Association and International Pepper Community.
This year’s conference was attended by a large gathering representing countries such as Vietnam, Brazil, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and China being active participants. Many buyers from various parts of the world also attended the conference.
There were representations from reputed international associations such as American Spice Trade Association (ASTA), International Organization of Spice Trade Association (IOSTA), International General Producers Association, (IGPA) and European Spice Association (ESA). Ms. Cherrly Deem, Executive Director of ASTA, Roger Clerk, Board Member of ESA and Milan Shah, Board Member of IGPA were present at the sessions.
All the active members presented country papers with regard to production technology, quality, marketing and other relevant areas. This included future focus in production and marketing. Many issues were discussed on the lapses and progress made to date.
The Spice Council and the private sector of Sri Lanka were represented by the current Chairman D A Perera, Chairman Elect Nanda Kohona and Board Member M I Inshaf.