Idukki, Jan 21: Farmers, scientists and local body representatives called for price stabilization of cardamom at the two-day National Seminar on Spices organized by the Spices Board under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) at Kumily.
Inaugurating the seminar on Wednesday, Smt Kunjumol Chacko, District Panchayath Member-Vandanmettu Division, urged the Union Government and the Spices Board to take the necessary steps to stabilize cardamom prices.
Over 400 delegates including progressive farmers from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala attended the first day of the seminar, which aims to familiarize farmers with the latest technologies for production/post harvest improvement of spices, to identify the gaps in cultivation, processing and marketing of spices and to draw a road map for the development of spice production in the southern region of the country.
Delivering the presidential address, Smt Ancy James, President, Kumily Grama Panchayath said the Spices Board’s decision to institute ‘Small Cardamom Productivity Awards’ for farmers is a welcome move and will encourage farmers to improve the production and quality of cardamom.
Speaking on the occasion, Spices Board member Shri Ziauddin highlighted the need for stabilizing the prices of cardamom and its impact on the farming community.
Speakers including Dr Femina, Deputy Director, Directorate of Arecanut & Spices Development, Ministry of Agriculture, and Spices Board members Shri E M Augusthy, Shri Anjo Jose and Shri Jojo George detailed various government-supported schemes for promotion of spice production, importance of post-harvest management, spice marketing, distribution of quality planting materials for farmers and introduction of hi-tech technologies for production of spices.
Smt Kunjumol Chacko distributed the ‘Small Cardamom Productivity Awards’ for the year 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 to 11 growers on the occasion. Spices Board gave away enrolment certificates to 37 Spices Producers Societies (SPS) in Idukki district on the sidelines of the event.
Dr T John Zachariah, Head, PHT Division, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode; Dr Madhava Naidu, Head-Spices Division, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore; Dr Murugan, Head, Cardamom Research Station, KAU, Pampadumpara; Dr Ushamalini, Asst Professor, TNAU, Coimbatore; Dr Y S Rao, Director, ICRI, Myladumpara; Shri Chinnaraj, Deputy Director Horticulture, Govt of Tamil Nadu; and Dr Sreekanta Prasad, Scientist, University of Horticulture Sciences, Bagalkota, Karnataka spoke at the seminar.
Shri Ravela Gopalakrishnan, Member, Spices Board (Andhra Pradesh) inaugurated the Spices Exhibition organized in connection with the seminar.
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