Centre Clears Spices Park in Idukki District
Idukki: Giving the spice cultivators of Idukki district a good reason to cheer, the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has approved the setting up of a Spices Park at Thodupuzha in the district. The Park, which is expected to put Idukki district on the Industries’ map of India, will come up in an area of 15.43 acres at Muttom. It will be operated by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA).
“The total cost of the project is Rs. 19.88 crore. Of this, Rs. 5.67 crore will be borne by the Centre and the rest, that is Rs. 14.21 crore, will be taken care of by the State. KINFRA will complete the project within 21 months,” E P Jayarajan, Industries Minister, said in an official statement.
The Park will help the spice farmers of Idukki district to increase their market presence and ensure a safe market for spices produced in the State, shielding the farmers from setbacks caused by fall in prices, especially of pepper.
One of the key issues faced by the farmers is the fluctuating prices of spices. The cardamom growers of the district have also been seeking Central intervention to ensure stable prices for their produce for quite some time.
The basic infrastructure like water and electricity supply, road, waste treatment and warehouse facilities will be developed by KINFRA. At present, KINFRA is undertaking efforts to acquire another 45 acres of land for the project.