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Minutes of Meetings

Annual Review Meeting 2016

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 at 10.30 AM 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 inaugural session concluded at 11.15 AM.

 Minutes Of The 10th Annual Review Meeting Of Dasd Programmes Under Midh Implemented By The Directorate Held At Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Maharashtra


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.      

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.