Idukki, July 5: Spices Board Chairman ShriSubhashVasu has said that farmers can test the presence of pesticide residue in cardamom in the labs of the Board itself, sparing them of the inconvenience oftaking their producetofar off places to conduct this important test.
ShriVasu, who took over as Chairman of Spices Board recently, disclosed this while interacting with a group of small scale farmers at the Spices Park atPuttady on Wednesday.
The samples for testing will be collected in the Indian Cardamom Research Institute in Mailadumpara and in the office of Spices Park atPuttady.
ShriVasusaid farmers are the backbone of agriculture and traders could exist and exporters thrive only when there are farmers to support them.
“Hence, the board will take steps that will ensure the co-operation and co-existence of these three parties. All my efforts will be in this regard,” he said.
He also promised the farmers that he would take effective steps to draw the attention of Central government tothe issues of the cardamom farmers.
The Chairman's visit was intended to provide a momentum to the awareness campaign on judicious use of pesticides and chemicals initiated by theSpices Board in Idukki.
DrRema Shree, Director, Spices Board presided over the event in which hundreds of small scale farmers attended. She also answered queriesfrom farmers.
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