Gangtok, 17 Apr:
A six-member team of officials from Department of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra, visited Indian Cardamom Research Institute, Regional Research Station, Spices Board at Tadong, East Sikkim on 16 Apr, a press release informs.
The team is on an exposure cum study tour of Sikkim regarding its organic approach in agriculture.
The team includes MS Ramole, RM Shinde, TV Kharde, KG Patel, RG Padavi, and
The officials visited the Indian Cardamom Research Institute, Tadong as well as the institute’s research farm at Pangthang, East Sikkim.
Deputy Director [Research], BA Gudade shared the information on organic large cardamom cultivation in Sikkim and other parts of North East India with the visiting officials. He also educated them about Organic Mission of the State.
The officials showed keen interest to know about the crop management practices under organic system in large cardamom and other spices. They also discussed about the feasibility of large cardamom cultivation in Kokan region of Maharashtra, which falls in the Western Ghat belt, the release reads.
Scientist [Crop Improvement], Ashutosh Gautam explained about the ongoing activities of collection, conservation and characterization of germplasm of large cardamom, breeding behavior of crop, genetic diversity among cultivars and richness of flora in the region.
The officials expressed their gratitude to the ICRI, RRS, Spices Board, Tadong for the exposure to large cardamom and organic methodologies being used in the state.