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Kerala: Spice farmers get online help to fight plant disease

The Kochi-headquartered Spices Board’s research wing, the the Indian Cardamom Research Institute (ICRI) at Myladumpara is offering an online spice clinic facility to farmers. The farmers are getting expert guidance on plant diseases through the initiative.

"This is how we somehow control the pest and disease outbreak in the cardamom hill reserve. Earlier, we used to go to the places where an outbreak was happening, as informed by the farmers and our scientist team will be offering advisory services on managing the issues. Now it is difficult during the pandemic to do so, and hence we have to go online. The farmers will ask questions after the sessions and will also send us photographs of the infected plants," said AB Rema Shree, director-research of the Spices Board. 

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