The Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) was set up in the year 2009 at Pune, Maharashtra which is close to the principal grape growing/ processing areas in the country. The Board registered under theSocieties Registration Act, 1860 at Pune. The Board is expected to focus on research & development, extension, quality standardisation, market research, knowledge management and promotion of wines of India apart from collaboration with the wine grape growers, wine processing industry, Central & State Governments on commercial, regulatory & technical issues relating to Indian wine sector.Organisation of International Vine & Wine ( OIV) is an inter-Governmental Organization of a scientific and technical nature of recognised competence for its work concerning vines, wine, wine based beverages, grapes, raisins and other vine products. based in Paris, France. India has become 45th member of OIV represented by MoFPI.
The main objective and functions of the Board are as under:
- To formulate a vision andaction plan for the growth of Indian Wine Sector including research and development for quality up gradation in new technologies/processes.
- To set up facilities for wine analysis, testing for "quality" defining and label standards, certification of wine and promoting Good Manufacturing Practices(GMP)/ Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)/ ISO 22000;2005 etc.
- To promote cooperative efforts, backwards and forward linkages between growers and wine industry in general.
- Coordinate with premier Research and Development Institutes to identify and develop appropriate rootstock and wine varieties of grapes suited for different geo-climatic regions of India.
- To facilitate capacity building programmes to develop trained and skilled manpower required for the wine industry.
- Collaborate and advise wine-grape growers, wine processing industry, central and state governments on commercial, regulatory and technical issues related to the Indian wine sector, including best practices in viticulture. Also, to gather & make available relevant statistics of the sector including developing an effective market intelligence data service for the use of industry and other stakeholders.
Structure and Composition & present status:
The Board, initially facilitated by the Government and managed/driven by the industry, expected to boost the growth in the sector, benefiting both the producers and the processors. The Board has 15 members including the Chairman, who is a professional from the wine industry. The other members are drawn from amongst wine processors, wine grape growers, Central Government, StateGovernments, training/ research institutes and the hospitality industry.Thereafter, elected Board was constituted on 9th Feb 2012 having 16 members. There is no continuation of Indian GrapeProcessing Board (IGPB) in the 12th plan. CCEA Note on the continuation of IGPB in 12thPlan is under consideration of the Government.Meanwhile, the term of the elected Board has expired on26.02.2015. Till the outcome of the decision on CCEA Note on Continuation of IGPB, an Interim Executive Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship ofSecretary, FPI. The 1stmeeting of Interim Executive committee was held on 13.05.2016 under theChairmanship of Secretary, FPI.