The Spices Board is finalising the beneficiaries for subsidy under the cardamom replanting scheme for the current financial year ending on March 31, 2013. Those planters who have not availed themselves of the benefits under the scheme are to submit their applications immediately.

The subsidy can be obtained by all growers having an area up to eight hectares.

The total assistance provided for growers having an area up to four ha under this programme is Rs 34,816/ha, which will be disbursed in two annual instalments of Rs 17,780 and Rs 17,036.

An assistance of Rs 26,375, which will be given in two annual instalments of Rs 13,470 and Rs 12,905, will be provided to growers with holding size from four to eight hectares.

Interested growers in Idukki and Wayanad districts, who have taken up replanting of cardamom in 2012 planting season and not filed applications are requested to submit the same immediately.

The growers need to approach the nearest field office of the Board along with copies of cardamom CR (Certificate of Registration)/ ACR (applied for cardamom registration), land tax receipt, survey sketch and bank account details for filing application.

The application and necessary guidance in this regard will be provided by the nearest field office of the Board.

In the event of any difficulty being faced by the growers in filing application under this scheme in the field offices of the Board, the growers are requested to contact the Regional offices or Head Office of Spices Board.

(This article was published on February 27, 2013)
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