Objective & Scale of assistance
The programme is intended to encourage the growers to take up replantation of old, senile and uneconomic gardens. A subsidy of Rs. 28000/- per ha is offered to growers owning large cardamom upto 8 ha. towards 33.33% of the cost of replanting and maintenance during gestation period. The subsidy is limited to replantation of 4 Ha. The subsidy is paid in two equal annual installments after inspection.
Production of Planting materials through Certified Nurseries
For making available quality planting materials to the growers, Board gives assistance @ Rs.2 per sucker for raising of sucker nurseries in farmers’ field.
The programme for rainwater harvesting using devices made of earth excavated pits lined with silpauline sheets is implemented in North Eastern States for large cardamom. 33.33% of the cost of construction of rain water harvesting tanks lined with silpauline subject to a maximum of Rs.12000/- per device is provided as subsidy.
Curing Houses (Modified Bhatti)
The large cardamom growers traditionally cure their cardamom by direct heating in the locally constructed bhatties. Capsules dried under this method are black in colour with smoky smell. ICRI-Gangtok had developed a scientific curing technology for large cardamom by introducing Modified Bhatti in which cardamom capules are dried using indirect heating system in which the dried capsules retain the pink [maroon] colour and natural flavour. In order to popularize this method, Board is providing subsidy @ Rs.9,000/- for 200 kg capacity and Rs.12500/- for 400 kg capacity Modified Bhatti respectively towards 33.33 % cost of construction of the modified bhatti.
Construction of Irrigation Structures
This programme is aimed at developing water resources in the cardamom plantations, which will help the growers to irrigate their plantations in summer. Assistance is given for construction of irrigation devices ie 50% of the actual cost of construction or Rs 20,000/- whichever is less is paid as subsidy.
Installation of Irrigation equipments
Board will assist in installing irrigation equipments at 50% subsidy subject to a maximum of Rs.10,000/- to farmers of large cardamom
Assistance will be provided for purchase of equipments like pit diggers, sprayers, agricultural tools, grading seives etc @ 50% of actual cost of the equipment.
Method of operation/ Modus operandi
Interested growers will submit application in the prescribed format to the nearest office of Spices Board along with the following documents.
- Parcha copy
- Survey plan/ self attested map- copy for replanting/plan and estimate in case of constructions/quotations in case of purchase of machines
- Copy of Voter I.D. copy/ Aadhar card/ Passport
- Copy of Bank Passbook
- No Objection Certificate from panchayats if the Land is not in the beneficiary name.
- Any other document felt to be verified by the concerned officer for ascertaining the possession of land by applicant/ beneficiary
The Spices Board official will inspect each application and recommend eligible subsidy to the Zonal Assistant Director/ Deputy Director, Regional office for sanction through Field Office Automation Software. Sanctioned cases will be forwarded to Head office and the subsidy will be credited to the beneficiary account (core banking) through e-payment. Zonal Assistant Director/ Regional Deputy Director will test check recommended cases at random.