Spices Board Labs Can Check for Pesticides in Cardamom: Chairman
Idukki: Subhash Vasu, Chairman, Spices Board has said that farmers can check for the presence of pesticide residue in cardamom in the labs of the Board itself, sparing them from the inconvenience of taking their produce to far-off places for conducting this crucial test.
Vasu, who took over as Chairman of Spices Board recently, said this while interacting with a group of small-scale farmers at Spices Park, Puttady on Wednesday. The samples for testing will be collected by the Indian Cardamom Research Institute in Mailadumpara and by the office of Spices Park at Puttady.
Vasu said farmers are the backbone of agriculture and traders can exist and exporters thrive only when there are farmers to support them. “Hence, the Board will take necessary steps to ensure the cooperation and co-existence of all these three parties. All my efforts will be in this direction,” he said. He also promised the farmers that he would take effective measures to draw the attention of the Central government to the issues faced by cardamom farmers.
The Chairman's visit was intended to provide a momentum to the awareness campaign on judicious use of pesticides and chemicals initiated by the Spices Board in Idukki.
Dr. Rema Shree, Director, Spices Board presided over the event in which hundreds of small-scale farmers attended. She also answered queries from farmers.