Kerala cardamom farmers hit as prices fall; look forward to north Indian festive season

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Kochi: Cardamom cultivators are in distress due to the falling prices. However, with North Indian festive season around the corner, there seems to be a ray of hope.

The price of cardamoms have now increased from Rs 800-Rs 900 per kg range to Rs 1,000-Rs 1,200 and the demand also increased 30 per cent compared to the previous years, according to farmers.

Many companies are sourcing cardamom for Diwali season and cultivators hope the trend will continue for some time. However, to get a decent profit, the rate should be Rs 1,500 per kg. According to them, cardamom farming incurs high production cost. Transportation and wages further burden those involved.

Apart from that, farmers are facing other issues. Some big shots pool the stock at lower prices and sell it at higher rates in the market. Organic methods are not fetching returns as expected. While issue with chemical deployed farming is that the yield testing facilities in the state is poor. Many are depending on labs in other states for quality testing, which increases expenses. The farmers demand better labs and testing facilities in Kerala.

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