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Trial run begins at Spices Park

A Correspondent

Rs.20-crore facility for storage, marketing


Official inauguration after local

body polls

e-auction centre shifted to

Spices Park


KATTAPPANA: The Spices Board of India has begun a trial run at Spices Park in Puttady, a Rs 20-crore project proposed to bring under one umbrella the storage, grading, treatment and marketing of cardamom and pepper. The 15-acre park has all modern facilities.

“The e-auction centre, which was functioning in a building taken on rent at Vandanmedu, has been shifted to the Spices Park where modern equipment for grading and treatment of cardamom have been installed,'' said a senior official of Spices Board, Kochi.

He said the official inauguration of the park will be held after the local body elections. All facilities, including banks, restaurant, marketing outlets and front office to provide timely information to traders and farmers, have been provided at the park.

Work on the Spices Park began on October 15, 2008 with a schedule to complete it in a year. However, due to various factors, the work was delayed. The park has 14 buildings, where godowns, treatment centre, office and a guest house will function.

A major feature of the park is the godown where the farmers can keep the produce in case trading is not held, he said. The treated produce can be stored in airtight godowns. The produce is now stored at the Vandanmedu trading centre, where the moisture condition could affect the quality of cardamom, and the Cumbom centre in Tamil Nadu.

The bank at the park will provide price in advance to the farmers for the produce brought to the godown. The park has modern equipment for grading cardamom and pepper.

The Spices Park, which is near the tourism town of Kumily, has a marketing outlet for selling spices grown in the High Ranges. The Board is hopeful of attracting tourists visiting Thekkady and Munnar.

The Spices Board field offices at Puttady and Vandenmedu have been shifted to the park where an administrative office alongside the

e-auction centre will function. The park is expected to boost the marketing of the hill produce and act as an intermediary agency between farmers and traders.

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