- NET Web Desk
Cardamom farmers across the northeastern regions have achieved impressive strides in spice yield, and made significant contribution to its export.
In recognition of the endeavour, eight cultivators from the northeastern regions today attained ‘Large Cardamom Productivity Award’ for the years 2019-20 and 2020-21, which was presented by the Assam Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma and Arunachal Pradesh Minister – Er. Tage Taki.
The awards were presented during the ‘International Buyer Seller Meet & Spices Conclave for Northeastern Region’, organized today by the Spices Board of India in Guwahati.
This event was also attended by the C&S of Agriculture Department – Dr Om Prakash; Director of Spices Board of India – A B Rema Shree and Secretary – D Sathiyan; Padma Shri Awardees – Trinity Saioo & Nanadro B Marak.
According to reports, the awardees include – Sonam Rengi Sherpa from Sikkim; Toshili Soma from Nagaland’s Zunheboto District; Khyoda Apik from Arunachal Pradesh’s Kurung Kumey District; Avonuo Vero from Nagaland’s Phek District; Joram Tamin from Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Subansiri District; Ashati Dele from Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Dibang Valley District; Ngureng Yame from Arunachal Pradesh’s Kurung Kumey District; Neelam Jeel from Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Subansiri District.
Taking to Twitter, the Arunachal Pradesh’s Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary, Dairy Development & Fisheries – Tage Taki congratulated the Arunachal Pradesh-based cultivators. “Gratified that the farmers of Arunachal Pradesh bagged four out of six awards for the year 2019-20 and 2020-21 in Large Cardamom Productivity Award,” – he wrote.
1. Neelam Jeel, First Prize.
2. Ngurang Yame, Second Prize (Women Category)
1. Ashati Dele, First Prize
2. Joram Tamin, Second Prize
1. Khoda Apik, First Prize
— Er. Tage Taki (@TakiTage) June 30, 2022
Meanwhile, the Assam CM tweeted “Steps are being taken to make the best use of schemes like PM-DevlNE, One District One Product & to convert ‘by-default organic’ tag of spices to ‘certified organic’ or ‘organic by design’. Presented Large Cardamom Productivity Award Winners for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22.”
“India produces 75 of 109 varieties of spices listed by @isostandards & has emerged as the world’s largest producer, consumer, exporter. #NorthEast has acquired special attention owing to quality of organic spices. Assam produces nearly 3.1 lakh metric tonnes of spices annually.” – he further added.
Steps are being taken to make the best use of schemes like PM-DevlNE, One District One Product & to convert ‘by-default organic’ tag of spices to ‘certified organic’ or ‘organic by design’.
Presented Large Cardamom Productivity Award Winners for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22. pic.twitter.com/lcouBPefZv
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 30, 2022
Its worthy to note that the Spices Board of India has been hosting the Buyer Seller Meets (BSM), for providing a common forum to the buyers & sellers of the spice industry, thereby ensuring direct interaction and developing strong business linkages.