In a novel initiative to connect with the spice farmers across the state, the Spices Board of India has launched a mobile tele-network in Kerala.
The new facility was officially launched by Spices Board chairman A Jayathilak, at a function held in Thodupuzha on Thursday.
The service enables the farmers to get the latest market updates, new schemes of the Board, weather forecasts and information on the latest technological aids to farming.
“The initiative paves the way for reaching out to the spice farmers across the country with the aim of retaining India’s prime position in the global spice market. The move is crucial in ensuring the sustainability, traceability and food safety in the process chain,” said Jayathilak while inaugurating the function.
Free SIM cards Free mobile SIM cards were distributed to the farmers who registered for the connectivity programme at the function.
Roy K Paulose, member of the Spices Board presided over the meeting.
K G Luke, S Siddaramappa, E K Jose, K M Kuruvilla, P A Mathew, Joy Thomas, M R Sudarshan, P S Sreekantan Thampi, P K Suresh, K G Antony, N M Kurien and Thomas Chacko were also present.