ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Chelavoor has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share three technologies and one variety developed by the institute. The institute will share three of their technologies with the Centre of Excellence Maddur for Precision Farming under Karnataka Horticulture Department as per the MoU. At the same time another MoU was inked with a Telangana based entrepreneur for commercialization of IISR Pragathi, a widely cultivated turmeric variety developed by ICAR-IISR.
The Centre of Excellence for Precision Farming has inked three separate MoUs with the Institute for obtaining license for producing micronutrients for plant growth and health.They have cquired licence for the production of micro nutrients for black pepper, turmeric and Ginger.Micro nutrients are a proven technology to enhance the productivity of spices, especially to overcome the soil fatigue, said Dr. Santhosh J Eapen, director of ICAR-IISR. Technology licensing helps in reaching out to more farmers with authentic products and varieties, he added.
According to experts from ICAR-IISR, the micro nutrients for turmeric and ginger, for which the Karanataka agriculture department has secured license, are beneficial for plant growth and for improving yield.The Centre of Excellence Maddur, a training centre of the Karnataka Horticulture division to train farmers and departmental extension officers in Precision Farming Karnataka, will be enabled to produce and commercialise the designer micro nutrients with the help of the
Mohammed Umar Aktar, a farmer-entrepreneur from Telangana also inked the MoU with the Institute. The MoU will enable him to venture into commercial supply of authentic seed material of IISR-Pragathi, a turmeric variety with high demand across the country. The institute will monitor the seed production to ensure the quality of the seeds produced by the entrepreneur.The licensees will also be allowed to brand the produce for marketing purpose. The commercialization also offers a viable business opportunity to the entrepreneur. The participation of farmer-entrepreneurs helps the institute to enhance the availability of the crop variety across India.
The institute has so far issued 22 licenses for producing crop specific micronutrients across various spice crops. Besides, 32 farmer entrepreneurs are entitled for commercial seed production of various varieties of ginger and turmeric.