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Cardamom auctions to resume on Dec 27

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on December 23, 2011 Published on December 23, 2011

Cardamom auctions, which were stalled since December 5 following the controversy and unrest over the Mullaperiyar dam issue, will be resumed on December 27.

The first auction will be held at the Puttady Spices Park, near Idukki, by South India Green Cardamom Company, which has already pooled 1.2 lakh kg of cardamom for sale. Of this, 50 per cent of the quantity will be put on sale, a spokesman for the Spices Board said.

The decision to resume cardamom auctions was taken at the end of a well-attended meeting attended by over 100 representatives of cardamom auctioneers, traders and planters held by the Spices Board at the Puttady Spices Park. The meeting was chaired by Mr P.T. Thomas MP.

The meeting also decided to ensure police protection for the movement of cargo and for the movement of auctioneers, planters and traders across the border.

A quantity of 50 tonnes of cardamom already sold in the auction and held up in Kerala following the Mullaperiyar issue will be transported under police protection. The district police and administrative authorities have been informed about the need to give protection, the spokesman said.

Published on December 23, 2011
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