XXX Workshop of All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Spices

The XXX Workshop of All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Spices was held at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore during 14-16 November 2019. The Workshop was inaugurated by Dr T. Janakiram, ADG (Hort. Sci.). He highlighted the importance of spices in Indian economy and emphasised the need to develop trait specific varieties. Dr N. Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, TNAU presided over the function and he asserted that with little modification in cultivation practices and adoption of scientific practices, productivity of spices can be enhanced. Dr K. Nirmal Babu, Project Co-ordinator highlighted the achievements made during the year and remarked that still a long way to go to meet the challenges faced by spice growers as well as spice industry. Dr Homey Cheriyan, Director, Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development and Dr Gopal Lal, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Seed Spices spoke during the occasion. Dr K.S. Subramanian, Director of Research, TNAU welcomed the gathering and Dr L. Pugalendhi, Dean (Hort.), TNAU proposed vote of thanks. Dr P. Rethinam former Director, ICAR-IIOPR and former ADG (Hort. Sci.) was the special guest during the plenary session. He also emphasised that Indian spices should maintain the quality to meet the global challenge for which united efforts of spices sector including research, development and industry is necessary.

During the workshop three varieties, one in fennel (RF- 290) with high yield and more umbels (from SKNAU, Jobner), one in ajwain with high yield and quality (Ajmer Ajwain-73) and one in nigella (Ajmer Nigella-1) with high yield and quality (both from ICAR-NRCSS, Ajmer ) were recommended for release.

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