The new agriculture bill passed by the Central Government can be beneficial for the spices sector in the state, said L R Aarathi, Special officer, WTO Cell of Department of Agriculture. She was delivering the keynote address at a webinar on Agriculture Bills 2020 conducted by ICAR- Indian Institute of Spices Research, on Friday.
She also pointed out that the spices sector could benefit from the bill as the farmers will focus more on the quality aspect of the produce.The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation)Act, 2020 Act will promote efficient post-harvest handling practices, development of varied value added products and identification of more value added products from spice commodities, pointed out Dr. Aarathi. This will help the income generation of farmers with increased export opportunity, she added.
Spice sector will benefit as a major share is being exported, she said. The bill that focuses on quality parameters will also educate the farmer community about the importance of quality produce henceforth promoting the production of export quality spices, she added.
The bill is tailor-made for the spices sector, observed Dr. Santhosh J Eapen, director of ICAR-IISR. IISR has also been focussing on improving the quality of spices varieties, he added.L R Arathi also stressed the role of research organizations in empowering and educating farmers about the benefits of the bill. The webinar on Agriculture Bills was organized as part of the yearlong observance of the 70 th anniversary of the Indian Constitution.
Principal Scientist Dr. P Rajeev, Senior Scientist Dr. Lijo Thomas and Chief Librarian Ramesh
Kumar were also present. Scientists and other members of ICAR-IISR also addressed the webinar.