Six officials from Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra visited Indian Cardamom Research Institute, Regional Research Station, Spices Board, Tadong on 16/04/2018. The team of officials is on exposure cum study tour of Sikkim regarding the organic approaches in agriculture. The team includes Mr. M.S. Ramole, Sub-Divisional Agril. Officer, Shahada, Mr. R.M. Shinde, Sub-Divisional Agril. Officer, Nandurbar, Mr. T.V. Kharde, Deputy Project Director, ATMA, Nandurbar, Mr. K.G. Patel, Circle Agril. Officer, Khapar, Mr. R.G. Padavi, Circle Agril. Officer, Visarvati and Mr. V.H. Marathe, Circle Agril. Officer, Shahada.
Officials visited the Indian Cardamom Research Institute, Tadong as well as the institute’s research farm at Pangthang, East Sikkim. Mr. B.A. Gudade, Incharge Dy. Director (Res.) shared the information on organic large cardamom cultivation in Sikkim and other parts of North East India. He also shared the information on the organic mission of the State. The officials have shown keen interest to know about the crop management practices under organic the system in large cardamom and other spices. They also discussed the feasibility of large cardamom cultivation in Kokan region of Maharashtra, which falls in Western Ghat belt.
Mr. Ashutosh Gautam (Scientist, Crop Improvement) explained about the ongoing activities of collection, conservation, and characterization of germplasm of large cardamom, breeding the 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 their exposure to the large cardamom and organic methodologies being used in the state.