KKS demands fund to boost cardamom production

Kalimpong,18th Oct

Kalimpong Krishak Kalyan Sangathan(KKS) a registered federal organization operating in all of Darjeeling hills has send a memorandum to Hon'ble Minister for Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitaraman demanding release of grant in aid for large cardamom. 

Bishnu Chettri Secretary of the Sangathan today told 700 metric ton of large cardamom is produced every year in which that Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills combined together produces about 90% large cardamom every year in which Darjeeling Hills share is about 30% he added.He informed majority of cardamom growers are poor marginal farmers who depend totally on the farming of cardamom. 

Large Cardamom which is a Cash Crop is exported in large volume by India to other countries viewing this KKS has demanded to release of grant in aid of large cardamom.

"Under this ministry , spices board provides grant in aid( subsidy) to farmers in different intervention like, nursery development , replantation , vermi-composting, modified vatti, rain water harvesting , irrigation equipment etc every year which till now have contributed and enhance the production of large cardamom. But the year 2016-17, the forms for grant in aid to farmers has not been distributed. When inquired about the same the fund for the period has not yet been released from the ministry" he said.

So, today the KKS by post send a memorandum demanding intervention and have appealed to include large Cardamom under National Crop Insurance Scheme which will help the marginal farmers from Darjeeling Hills, Sikkim, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland

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