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Current Weather Conditions Likely To Affect Next Season Cardamom Crop

24 Jan 2020 5:18 pm
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MUMBAI - Cardamom growers are now concerned over the climatic conditions prevailing in the growing tracts, which is likely to be unfavourable for the next crop season.

Traders pointed out that the heavy winds lashing the growing regions may be a bad sign for the crop, as winds are always an indication of a dry spell. The moisture in the top soil will be absorbed by the breeze and result in the heating up of soil and, in turn, affect the plants. This could affect the reproductive phase of the plant by way of reduction in flowering and also in falling cardamom capsules.

Meanwhile, the majority of planters are holding their stocks and do not want to liquidate them in the wake of the price drop. The market has been witnessing a declining trend in arrivals after the Pongal holidays, and the decline is expected to continue.

Traders are anticipating a revival only after the Delhi polls, and an uptick in demand in many North Indian markets. Cold weather conditions are also a contributing factor for slow demand, coupled with a cash shortage in many markets.

Traders have also a raised concerns on the quality of capsules available in the market in the wake of the last round of harvest this season.

Climatic variations over the last two years have severely affected production of the spice. Output is expected to fall to 7,000-8,000 tonnes in 2019-20 (Jul-Jun), the lowest in two decades. In 1998-99, the country had produced 7,170 tonnes of cardamom, and in 2018-19, the output was 12,900 tonnes.

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