The Arunachal Pradesh government has allocated Rs 20 crores for establishment of three Spices Auction Centres at Namsai, Kimin and Balukpong.

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Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on June 5 said that the auction centres would help to boost the farmer’s economy as it will do away with the middleman since the buyers of the agriculture and horticulture produce will come to buy directly from the farmers in these auction centres once they are established.

Mein urged the horticulture department to complete the formalities and start the infrastructure development work of the auction centres at Namsai, Kimin and Balukpong immediately. He gave this directive while convening a meeting of senior officers of horticulture department and spice board on June 5.

Mein asked the horticulture department to submit the guidelines and the DPR immediately and also asked the officers from Spice Board Divisional Office, Itanagar to provide the requirements as well as the technical support to the department in preparing the guidelines and DPR.

Mimum Tayeng, secretary (agriculture & horticulture) while highlighting on the progress of the projects informed that the guidelines for budget implementation and concept paper for the auction centres is almost ready and will be submitted to the government within a few days. She informed that the land for the auction centres at Namsai and Kimin is already available and would start the civil works once the formalities are completed.

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Arunachal Pradesh produces a variety of spices, including large cardamom, black pepper, ginger and turmeric.

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