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The Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development (DASD) is a subordinate office under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. It was established on 1st April, 1966 at Calicut in Kerala to streamline the activities of production in respect of arecanut, spices and a group of aromatic plants at National level.
The Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Calicut has the mandate for the development of spices, arecanut, a large group of aromatic plants and betel vine grown in the country at the National Level. The Directorate discharges the above function through the overall coordination of all the development activities implemented by different agencies like State Government Departments, State Agricultural Universities (SAU), ICAR Institutes etc. In addition, the Directorate undertakes implementation of certain critical programmes which are of vital importance int eh development process.
The Directorate is responsible for coordinating and monitoring programmes under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) to promote holistic growht of the horticulture sector in the country.
The mandate of the Directorate is as follows.
Presently the Directorate is responsible for coordinating and monitoring of development programmes on spices under MIDH, which are being implemented in various States across the country. Besides, the Directorate is directly implementing the following programmes in association with SAUs and ICAR Institutes to supplement the efforts of the States.
The Directorate is the authority for collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics on spices and arecanut. The Directorate has been periodically pusblishing the statistics on area, production, productivity, prices and cost of cultivation of arecanut and spices.