Organically-grown large cardamom may be priced higher than its fertiliser-fed counterpart but the former has burgeoning premium-class consumers abroad.
- The global demand for large cardamom grown in India is expected to rise with Sikkim, which produces a chunk of this highly-valued spice.
- The organically-raised large cardamom, initiative under Make in India mission, aims to make the country a global hub of indigenously-developed products.
- Sikkim, which grows large cardamom in 17,000 hectares of land, produces 4,000 metric tonnes (90 per cent of the country’s production) of the spice annually.
- Spices Board has a team of 50-odd employees working in Sikkim to not just sustain organic farming but empower the growers to earn more from their produce.
- The Spices Board is set to unveil an e-platform for its famed fortnightly auction in Sikkim’s traditional spice market of Singtam.