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IISR meet discusses scope of spices research during Covid-19

Spice export records tremendous increase,say experts.

The first meeting of the IXth Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has
commenced at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research. The two-day event, which was
kick started at the IISR on Thursday, was attended by experts from across the country.

The inaugural session of the RAC meeting discussed the scope of spices research in the
current context. The meeting also discussed the scope of spices research for health
improvement in the backdrop of Covid-19.

Use of Spices during CoviDr N K Krishna Kumar, chairman of RAC, said
the spice export witnessed tremendous increase even during the lock down period. The export
of spices increased by 56.7 per cent from 2015-16, he added. Dr. Krishna Kumar, who is also
the former Deputy Director General of Horticulture, stressed on the importance of spices
research for addressing food safety in the field of spices.

Dr. Santhosh J Eapen, director of IISR observed that the whole world had started discussing
about the value of spices for health improvement. The world has started looking at the spices
as an immunity booster, he noted.

Dr. U C Srivastav, RAC member and former ADG Horticulture ICAR, stressed on the
importance of constant interaction with the market for successful research operations. Dr. V
C Mathur, RAC member and former professor of IARI, while presenting his views, stressed
the importance of value addition to spices and the role of market intelligence for improving
spices cultivation.

The meeting also discussed the importance of revenue generation and research planning to
meet the need of the time. The RAC members stressed on the role of spices as immunity
boosters as an exciting prospect for future research.

The importance of collaboration with private ventures for rapid production of planting
materials and the scope of spice cultivation in the North East states were also discussed
during the meeting.

Dr. N K Krishna Kumar released ‘Research Highlights 2019’ during the online meeting. Dr.
Santhosh J Eapen, Director, IISR presented an overview of ICAR-IISR. RAC members
including Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Dr. VG Malathi and Dr. H C Bhatacharya presented their
views and suggestions for the development of spices research.
DR. Vikramaditya Pandey Assistant Director General (HS-I) ICAR participated in the review
meeting.  Farmers’ representatives T P Jayachandran and Nanjundan Bojan also presented
their views at the meeting.

Scientists presented their research achievements during the meeting. The two-day review
meeting will conclude on Friday.

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