National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NCAP), India
Shiv Kumar is an agricultural economist and public policy analyst at National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NCAP), Delhi, India with research and teaching and national and international projects responsibilities. After completing degrees at Haryana Agricultural Universities, Hisar, and getting Agricultural Research Service in 1998, he began work as Scientist at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi and have been there for 9 years and five years at NCAP, New Delhi as Senior Scientist. Research has focussed on developing decision support system on Agricultural Market Outlooks on food grains and oilseeds for India besides food safety issues, institutional change and governance to match the current requirements of evolving contemporary issues of regional and global significance. He is the author of over 35 refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is recipient of National Award for Underground Water Augmentation in the year 2011 by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India.
Sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) compliance in agricultural trade has received considerable attention from policy makers, agribusiness firms, exporters and researchers for its perceived ability to contribute towards production and development of safe and quality agri-products for domestic and international markets. This paper examines prevailing standard practices and major dimensions governing SPS compliance along the black pepper supply chain in India. It was found that knowledge generation and dissemination in food safety aspects is indispensable to fill gaps and deficiencies in domestic food safety standards as to comply with the international standards. The important dimensions include application of GAP, GMP, GHP and Hygiene practices besides physical and financial infrastructures along the supply chain. An important policy implication of this study is the efforts and investments should be targeted towards promotion of important dimensions governing SPS compliance along the supply chain.