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Against last year’s performance, the export has shown an increase of 19 per cent in volume and 24 per cent in value

COIMBATORE: Several States have now launched elaborate programmes like the National Horticulture Mission in spearheading the development and promotion of spices and aromatic crops, C. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, said here recently.

Speaking at the review meeting of the National Horticultural Mission (NHM) – Spices Projects, he said that because of the intensive lab to land promotional programmes launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and state agriculture universities, productivity of major spices had shown substantial growth in 2007-08.

The consistent efforts with which the programmes had been implemented had brought about encouraging results.

India’s spices’ production crossed the $ 1 billion mark in 2007-08 Mr. Ramasamy added.

“Against the last year’s performance, the export has shown an increase of 19 per cent in volume, 24 per cent in rupee-value and 39 per cent in dollar-terms,” Mr. Ramasamy said.

Decline

“ The dark area in Indian spices history is the declining productivity, mainly black pepper, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, garlic, nutmeg and mace. India has to compete with other countries that have achieved higher productivity,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

“The NHM projects provide for holistic growth of the spices’ sector through an area based regionally differentiated strategies, which include research, technology promotion, extension, post-harvest management, processing and marketing,” he added.

M. Tamil Selvan, Director, Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Kozhikode, said that the directorate was implementing the NHM project in 18 States through 38 agencies.

Objective

“The main objective of the NHM project is to double the production. The new technologies developed by the agencies can successfully reach the farmers by conducting frontline demonstration programmes,” he said.

Nearly 100 scientists from across the country participated in the meeting.

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