Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh T. Subbarami Reddy has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appoint a senior officer at the Delhi office of the Spices Trading Corporation Limited to help the spices growers of South India, who are the major producers in the country, to get rid of middlemen who were exploiting them at the auction platforms.

In a letter to Dr. Singh, Mr. Reddy, who is also a former Union Minister, said spices farmers could not sell their produce outside auction platform.

Manipulations

“This makes growers vulnerable to traders and marketing agents who involve in price manipulations,” he said, adding that these middlemen form a cartel and offer a very low price for the cardamom brought to the auction platforms for sale. Due to this, fresh spices were not coming to North Indian states, the major consumers, he said.