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Accreditation 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 at present.  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. 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 will be carried out through a special committee formed for this purpose. The expenditures of this committee will be met by DASD and will conform to the norms adopted by NHB for this purpose. During 2015-16, DASD proposes to certify spices planting materials produced in at least 10 Spices nurseries and it is expected that an amount of Rs.25.00 lakhs will be required for activities under this programme.