Gangtok, 14 May:
Indian Cardamom Research Institute [Regional Research Station], Spices Board, Tadong conducted daylong exposure-cum-training programme on organic cultivation aspects of large cardamom at the Institute’s research farm at Pangthang in East Sikkim today. Twenty two farmers from nine districts of Nagaland along with two Horticulture Development Officers attended the programme, a press release informs.
During the programme, Deputy Director [In-charge], BA Gudade, informed about the ongoing research activities of ICRI [RRS], disease and nutrient management in large cardamom, nursery establishment and its various aspects like selection of site, planting material, pretreatment with bio-agents, follow up action in later stages of nursery. He also discussed about the ongoing market trends and recent developments of large cardamom cultivation in North East India.
Another scientist from Crop Improvement division, Ashutosh Gautam, explained about the pollination and breeding behavior, adoption of climate resilient practices in large cardamom. He emphasized on quality planting material for better yield and to adopt eco-friendly practices and sustainable approach of large cardamom cultivation.
The farmers as well as officials expressed gratitude to the Deputy Director [Research] and staff ICRI, Spices Board for conducting the exposure visit at the research farm in Pangthang.