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North-East spice growers in Kerala to learn best practices

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on March 18, 2019 Published on March 18, 2019

Spices growers from the North-East are on a visit to Kerala

Spices growers from the North-East are on a visit to Kerala to gain knowledge of good agricultural practices, cultivating spices meeting global standards, knowing the markets and getting optimum value for their produce.

The team arrived at the invitation of the All India Spices Exporters Forum, which has initiated the Kisan Pragathi Yojana to work closely with farmer groups all over India.

The team, led by Akali Sema, Professor and Head of Horticulture Department Nagaland SASRD University, has 16 representatives from farmer forums from almost all the States of the North-East.

“It was during one of the spices symposiums held in Dimapur, Nagaland, that we came across this group of farmers, who were producing substantial quantities of ginger, turmeric and chillies. But the lack of infrastructure, lack of exposure to modern post-harvest practices, storage, access to markets and right sales channels prevented them from getting the optimum value for their produce. It is an initiative of the AISEF to provide this group the opportunity to learn from Kerala farmers on good agricultural practices,” said Rajiv Palicha, Chairman, AISEF.

During the four-day visit, the team will visit ginger and turmeric farms as well as spice and oleoresin factories. They will also interact with experts on processes and systems to meet export standards.

An interaction is also planned with the experts at the Indian Institute Spice Research, Kozhikode, Palicha said.

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Published on March 18, 2019
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