Trg on seed spices prodn imparted

HAWAI, Mar 12: As many as 110 farmers, members of women SHGs, and rural youths from various villages of Anjaw district participated in a training programme on ‘Seed spices production & value addition in Arunachal Pradesh’, organized here by the ICAR’s Ajmer (Rajasthan)-based National Research Centre on Seed Spices (NRCSS), in collaboration with the Anjaw KVK, on Thursday.
The programme was aimed at promoting cultivation of seed spices in the eastern belt of Arunachal.
Seed spices are annual herbs whose dried seed or fruits are used as spices. There are about 20 seed spices grown in India, the most prominent among them being cumin, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, ajwain, dill, nigella, celery, aniseed and caraway.
Addressing the participants, KVK Head, Dr Manish Kanwat, highlighted “the importance and awareness regarding the present status and prospects of seed spices in the district as well as state,” while NRCSS principal scientist, Dr SS Meena, made a presentation on the importance of seed spices, its uses, its production, and value addition.
MLA Dasanglu Pul, who also attended the programme, urged the participants to “join hands and help the KVK officials to adopt the scientific knowledge which helps to bring the district forward.”
NRCSS officials GK Tripathi and Agarwal delivered presentations on “POP used in seed spices for higher production and value addition,” and the KVK’s horticulture scientist Rebecca Eko, agronomist Khoisnam Naveen, and computer programmer Kesab Ch Gogoi delivered lectures on “agro-techniques, plant protection and value addition of important spices of Anjaw district.”
Farm implements were later distributed among the participants.