Mumbai: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has requested Union Minister Piyush Goyal to set up a spice park in his Lok Sabha constituency – Wayanad. The Congress leader has also requested Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to set up a mega food park in Wayanad.
In a letter to Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, Rahul said: “Wayanad is a major production centre for coffee and spices in Kerala. It is the largest producer of turmeric and the second-largest producer of pepper in the state.”
Rahul says, “I urge the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to consider setting up a spice park in Wayanad to create sustainable livelihoods and improve the price realization of the spices being cultivated.”
The letter further states, “Wayanad is also home to a large number of home farms and small plantations. Wayanad’s home gardens are widely recognized for their appropriate practices.”
“The District Action Plan for Wayanad under the Aspirational Districts Program identified ‘growing demand for Venadan crops such as coffee, ginger, turmeric, aromatic rice and spices as a strength.”
“It also states that the cultivation of cash crops is a major source of foreign exchange earnings for the district.
However, the district action plan highlights the need for a comprehensive marketing network and value-added facilities for processing spices.” Reads the letter.