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Accreditation of Spices Nurseries

Accreditatin of of Spices Nurseries

The planting material requirement of the spices growers is mainly met by nurseries established under State Department of Horticulture/Agriculture, the State Agriculture Universities (SAUs), ICAR Institutes and nurseries in private sector.  The nurseries in public domain provide only 30-40% of the demand for planting material.  The major part of the demand is met by the unregulated private nurseries, which lacks modern infrastructure such as green house, mist chamber, efficient nursery tools and gadget, implements and machinery. Establishment of a network of Spice Nursery to ensure the availability of good quality, disease free, certified planting material of desired high yielding variety will have a tremendous impact on production, productivity and quality of the spices produced. Towards this direction, DASD has been authorized by Ministry for accrediting spice nurseries since 2016-17. Accreditation of Nurseries is an important step to ensure availability of quality planting material to the farmers. As per the MIDH norms, planting material need to be procured only from accredited nurseries for all government programmes.

Under the accreditation programme, DASD will grant graded recognition to nurseries based on their infrastructure, production system & quality parameters of planting material and management practices adopted. The accreditation work is carried out through a special committee formed for this purpose. The expenditures of this committee are met by DASD and will conform to the norms adopted by NHB for this purpose. Forty-nine spice nurseries were accredited by the Directorate till 2018-19. During 2019-20, DASD proposes to accredit at least 25 Spices nurseries in the country.  An amount of Rs.7.00 lakhs may be earmarked for this component.