The tenth Annual Review meeting of the MIDH programmes implemented through the Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, was held on 24th and 25th of June 2016 at the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Maharashtra. There were 65 participants representing 40 agencies implementing DASD programmes.

     The inaugural session began after registration of the Delegates. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. K D Kokate, Director of Research, MPKV Rahuri. This was followed by the introductory remarks by Dr. Homey Cheriyan, Director DASD. He briefed the audience about the importance of the programmes being undertaken by the Directorate in the background of the development in spices. He explained the regular activities of DASD and the new initiatives by DASD on nursery accreditation programme of spices nurseries & uploading of status of plating material production in DASD web portal. The Guest of Honour, Dr. K Nirmal Babu, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Spices addressed the delegates. Dr. M Tamil Selvan, Additional Commissioner (Hort), Govt. of India was the Chief Guest in the inaugural function. He stressed on importance of quality planting material production in improving spice production during his address. Dr. K P Vishwanatha, Vice Chancellor, MPKV Rahuri delivered the presidential address. Dr. S R Gadakh of MPKV Rahuri proposed the vote of thanks.

     The Review Team consisted of Dr. M Tamil Selvan, Addl Commisioner, (Hort), Govt of India, Dr. Homey Cheriyan, Director DASD, Dr. Femina, Deputy Director, DASD. Dr. K Nirmal Babu, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Spices acted as an external expert in reviewing the programmes.


Directorate of Arecanut and spices Development Accredited 7 spice nurseries 


     The Department of Agriculture , Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC & FW), Government of India, has authorised the DASD to put in place a Nursery Recognition Regime for Spices so that a network of recognized Model Nursery is established across the Nation which could function as a reliable source of supply of quality planting materials for spice crops.

     The DAC & FW , Govt of India has entrusted DASD for accrediting the spice nurseries based on all the quality parameters. The accreditation programme was initiated in the year 2015-16. At present DASD have accredited 7 nurseries. The procedure for recognition and assessment crietieria and details of accreditation are already available in the website www. dasd.gov.in.  

The DASD accredited  spice nurseries are listed below;

S No Accredited Nursery Name of the Spice Crop Variety/ Cultivar Star rating Production capacity/ annum
1 Kunnel Nutmeg Plantation & Nursery, Kalaketty PO, Pinnakanadu, Kottayam District, Kerala,  Pin 686 508 Nutmeg




One Star



2 Homegrown Nursery & Farms, Vizhithode, Kanjirapally, Kottayam District, Kerala, Pin 686 518 Nutmeg






Three Star





3 Kochukudy Nutmeg Plantations and Nursery, Kaloor PO, Kaloorkad, Ernakulam District, Kerala,            Pin 686 668 Nutmeg Kochukudy


Three Star

4 Model Nursery on Spices , Department of Plantation crops & Spices, College of Horticulture, KAU, Vellanikara-680 656, Thrissur, Kerala.

Black Pepper


Panniyur varieties, Vijay, Panjami, Pournami, Sreekara, Subhakara,            IISR Shakthi,              IISR Malabar Excel, IISR Thevam


Four Star

Nutmeg Identified promising farmers selections 2250
Curry leaf Suvasini 500
Ginger Athira, Karthika, Aswathy, Varada, Rejatha, Mahima 500 Kg
Turmeric Kanthi, Sobha, Sona, Varna

500 Kg

5 Regional Agricultural Research Station, Kerala Agriculture University, Ambalavayal 673 593, Wayanad, Kerala. Black Pepper Panniyur - 1


Two Star

Ginger Rio-de-Ganeiro, Maran, Aswathy 10 tons
Turmeric Sobha, Prathiba 5 tons
Clove Ambl SA-1 25000
Cinammon Ambl CV-1 10000
6 Panniyur Research Station, Kerala Agriculture University, Panniyur 670 142, Kannur, Kerala. Black Pepper Panniyur - 1 to 8, & Karimunda


Two star






     A two day National Seminar on Planting material production in spices was organized by Directorate of arecanut and Spices Development (DASD), Kozhikode on 21-22 April 2016 under MIDH.  A total of 210 delegates registered and participated in the seminar from various parts of the country, including Scientists and experts from Research institutes and SAUs, representatives from 10 state Agri/Horti Departments, progressive farmers from 5 states and representatives from spice industry. The seminar was conducted in 5 sessions covering different aspects of planting material production in spices.    


21st April 2016 (9.30 AM to 11.40 AM)

     In the inaugural session, Dr.Homey Cheriyan , Director, DASD  welcomed all the esteemed guests, dignitaries, delegates resource persons and other participants. He informed that DASD, is hosting the National Seminar on Planting Material Production in Spices, to provide a platform to address and discuss recent developments in the planting material production technology in spices and the challenges faced in the production of quality planting material in the spices sector.  Dr.R.R. Hanchinal , Chairperson , PPVFRA inaugurated the seminar by lighting the lamp and delivered the inaugural address. Dr. P. Rajendran , Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University presided over the session  and Dr. M. TamilSelvan, Addl Commissioner (Hort), Govt. of India delivered the keynote address. Shri. M.S. Dhakad, IFS , Director of Horticulture , Madhya Pradesh and Dr M. Anandaraj, Former Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode were the guests of honour for inaugural session. Dr John T. Zachariah, Acting Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode delivered the felicitation address.

Four publications from DASD were released during the seminar. They are

1. The Seminar Souvenir Advances in Planting Material Production Technology in Spices a compilation of lead and contributory papers on advanced technologies of planting material Production in spices

2. Spices Statistics at a Glance 2016 - a book on Spice Statistics which covers the statistics of various spices produced in the country during the last five years

3. Special Issue of Indian Journal of Arecanut, Spices & Medicinal Plants

4. A book on Calendar for Arecanut (Malayalam) containing calendar of operations in Arecanut cultivation.

     DASD also launched a website www.spicenurseries.in as a one stop solution for providing information on the availability of planting material in spices for the benefit of farming community across the country. As a part of Golden Jubilee Celebration of DASD, the former Directors of the directorate -  Dr C.K. George, Mr E. Velappan, Dr K. Sivaraman, Mr M. Remold and Dr M. Tamil Selvan, were honoured during the inaugural session. Dr. Femina, Deputy Director DASD & the convener of the seminar proposed the vote of thanks. The inaugural session ended at 11.40 am with National Anthem.


     The 1st technical session had presentations and discussions by experts on Advances in planting material production of vegetatively propagated spice crops - Black pepper, Ginger, Turmeric, Cardamoms, Garlic, Saffron, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Tamarind and Camboge. Six lead lectures and 17 poster papers were included the session. Different techniques for planting material production of these crops, important varieties recommended for cultivation and nursery management measures were discussed.

     The 2nd technical session was on Advances in production of quality planting materials in seed propagated spices (seed spices, chillies, clove, allspice, curry leaf). Six lead lectures were presented in the session by experts in the respective crops. Method of seed production in chillies and seed spices, hybrid seed production technology in chilli and seed deterioration in seed spices were discussed in the session.

     The 3rd technical session dealt with success stories and innovations at farmers level and entrepreneurship. Eight lead lectures on success stories of farmers and entrepreneurs were presented in the session.

     Quality assurance in planting material production of spices was the theme for 4th technical session. Quarantine measures for exchange of planting materials, standards for certification of planting material and guidelines for accreditation of nurseries were discussed during the session.

     In the 5th technical session , department officials /representatives from 13 spice growing states/ UTs  ( Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh,  Tripura,  Andaman & Nicobar,  Maharashtra,  Tamil Nadu,  Karnataka, Telangana,  Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal) presented lead lectures on respective states scenario of planting material production in spices.