Former head of the Cardamom Research Centre at Appangala, near Madikeri, and former director of the Agriculture Research Council, V. S. Korikanthimath, on Wednesday, called upon the farmers to promote agriculture related tourism in the State, Kodagu in particular.

He was speaking after inaugurating the three-day, seventh edition of the ‘Symposium on Spices, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops’, under the head ‘Post Harvest Processing of Spices and Fruit Crops’, in Madikeri. Mr. Korikanthimath lauded the contribution of the farmers from Kodagu who had produced the best of coffee and spices in the district. The rich coffee, cardamom, pepper plantations could also add to the tourism prospects in the district where tourists could visit them for a first hand experience, he said.

The Indian Society for Spices (ISS) functioning at the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode, is organizing the event. The symposium has brought under one roof farmers from Kodagu, scientists, research organizations, development agencies, academicians and industry experts. The seminar is being jointly organized by ICAR, IISR, Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR), Bangalore and the Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development (DASD), Kozhikode.

M. Anandaraj, IISR Director and the President of ISS, M. M. Mustafa, Director, National Research Centre of Banana, Tiruchirapalli, former chief of the Cardamom Research Centre at Appangala, M.N. Venugopal, and others were present.