Spice clinic programme by ICRI Spices Board at Damlakha

Gangtok, 07 Apr:

Indian Cardamom Research Institute [ICRI], Regional Research Station, Spices Board, Tadong conducted a Spice Clinic Programme at Damlakha in Pakyong, East Sikkim on 06 Apr, a press release informs.

Spices Board Scientist, Bharat Gudade [Agronomy] and Ashutosh Gautam [Crop Improvement], were the resource persons for the programme.

The prime concerns of farmers were disease management in large cardamom, production of quality planting material and establishment of healthy nursery.

While discussing the various issues related to large cardamom cultivation, Mr Gudade, explained the various methods of soil and nutrient management and strategies for soil moisture conservation. Discussing about organic cultivation, he said that indigenous methods for vermicompost and farm yard manure should be used since this is helpful to reduce the cost of cultivation and impart no antagonistic effect on environment. He also shared information regarding disease and pest management in organic system.

Crop Improvement Scientist, Mr Gautam, explained about nursery establishment, selection of cultivars for various locations, necessary prerequisite for transplanting and importance of shade trees in large cardamom. He also discussed about the changes in climatic conditions and emphasized on use of improved techniques to get better yield.

A field demonstration was also made for better understanding of cropping system, disease identification and preventive and remedial steps in large cardamom.

It may be mentioned here, this programme was organized in coordination with Ghan Shyam Sharma, a progressive farmer from the locality. Around 35 farmers from Damlakha village participated in the programme and benefitted from it.