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Guna spice park to boost coriander farming

Guna spice park to boost coriander farming
Aiming to provide wider opportunities to farmers involved in coriander farming, union minister of state for ministry of power (Independent charges) Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated the fourth spices park in Guna. The minister hailed the Spices Board of India chairman for his commendable role in establishing the park in a very short span of time. The park has been completed in just one-and-a-half-year.

The Spice Board of India has taken steps to establish spices parks at seven locations in the country to provide scientific infrastructure facilities in order to empower the growers of spices and ensure better price realisation. Three of such parks are already functioning in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, Puttady in Kerela and Kota in Rajasthan.

The Scindia scion better known as maharaj in and around Guna area said that he is committed to change the downtrodden image of Guna’s farmers. The days are near when Guna would be on global map. The park would help farmers to cultivate their coriander crops scientifically and farmers would not to be dependent on middlemen to sell their produce, he said.

The park, with 1,000 quintal tones storage capacity and about 5,000 tonnes production capacity annually, will boost coriander farming in Guna as well other neighbouring cities and states, said A Jayathilak, the chairman of Spices Board of India, during the inauguration of the park.

The basic objective of the concept is to provide common infrastructure facilities for both post harvest and processing operations of spices and spice products, which also aims at backward integration by providing rural employment. All the Spices Park will have processing facilities at par with international standards in which the produces could undergo cleaning, grading, sorting, grinding, packing, warehousing etc, A Jayathilak said.

While on the sidelines of the inauguration function, Scindia said, ‘I’m not in the race of chief minister of the state. I am a worker of the party and would like to work for the party as a worker only.’

Taking a jibe at BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh government, Scindia said, ‘The state government is organising investors meet, and signing MoUs, but where are the investors?’

The projects on Spices Park are primarily intended to benefit the growing community through quality improvement, grading, packing, warehousing, etc for value addition which would lead to better price realisation of their produce, said Gaurav Dwivedi, assistant director (marketing), Spices Board.
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