Including natural cardamom in its kitty, Kerala Forest Improvement Company (KFDC) is exploring new avenues to promote the spices it produces in home and overseas markets.
“We have now taken up the e-commerce path to market the natural cardamom cultivated within the forest lands of Munnar, Gavi and Nelliampathy divisions for which a brand new packaging design has been made”, Prakriti Srivastava, Managing Director, KFDC stated.
At the moment, the manufacturing of this wild-life pleasant natural stuff is round six tonnes and the corporate intends to promote it underneath the model identify Vanopahar. With extra takers for environment-friendly merchandise, KFDC plans to promote all its merchandise akin to black pepper, tea by way of Amazon, FlipKart and so on.
“The market growth will go a good distance in enhancing the livelihood of forest communities residing within the KFDC places. It can assist us to beat the innate challenges in having access to a national market and guarantee higher revenue for the beneficiary communities”, she instructed BusinessLine.
Tribal employees and individuals who have been repatriated from Sri Lanka earlier underneath the Shastri-Srimavo pact are engaged in natural cultivation with the technical assist given by Indian Cardamom Analysis Institute (ICRI) and scientific inputs from Kerala Forest Analysis Institute.
ICRI has supplied a package deal for natural cultivation by providing excessive yielding tillers for planting moreover natural pesticides and fungicides. The coaching and advertising assist and help for acquiring natural certification will probably be facilitated by ICRI quickly, she stated.
The method for wildlife pleasant certification is in its remaining stage, which can assist in projecting the robust conservation measures adopted even whereas cultivating merchandise. This may also assist in acquiring a greater market value for the product. KFDC has stopped software of all chemical pesticides, fertilizers in all plantations actions for money crops akin to cardamom, espresso and pepper.
“We’re additionally going forward with a proposal to arrange a inexperienced tea producing unit at Mananthavady in Wayanad,” she stated, including that on-line sale of extra forest merchandise akin to espresso beans and sandalwood will probably be launched quickly”, she stated.
A proposal for scientific honey bee retaining was submitted to the Agriculture Division to boost the livelihood of the communities and ladies empowerment of the KFDC communities in Gavi and Mananthavady.
KFDC has additionally plans to take up 266 hectares of recent plantations (plantings and coppice) within the present yr through which teak, bamboo, Melia dubia and different indigenous species will probably be planted. At current, the company cultivates money crops in 2,000 hectares and one other 7,000 hectares for eucalyptus, acacia, teak, allanthus and so on.
June 02, 2022