Cardamom prices touch all time high

 Unfortunately, the twist in the story is that none of the growers are being able to reap benefits of the market sitation because of low produce this year.

Cardamom is grown as a sub crop in areca plantation. About 4 years ago, when the cost of cardamom dipped to Rs 300 per kg, growers rooted out all cardamom plants. Today this move of their is making them repent because if the plants were retained, they would have earned more income.

While most farmers have thrown out cardamom from their plantation, few farmers who have taken care of it are all smiles. “Whatever be the rate, areca growers should not neglect cardamom. It is this cardamom, which fetches some nominal income during rainy season,” says a small farmer.

This year a farmer who gets yield of 10 to 20 kgs of cardamom will earn Rs 10,000 to 20,000 as additional income. Cardamom plants are suffering from ‘Katte roga’ in the region, for which there is no cure. Due to the initiatives of Spice Board, which has been providing subsidy for development of cardamom plantation, some youth have started growing cardamom.
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