Address: Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Ministry of Agriculture Government of India, Calicut, Kerala, India
The Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Calicut is responsible for development of spices, a large group of aromatic plants, betel vine and arecanut grown in the country at National Level.
The mandate of the Directorate is as follows.
Assessment of the developmental needs of the crops entrusted to it.
Formulation of Central Sector / Centrally Sponsored Schemes and implementation of the same either directly or through the State Governments, Agricultural Universities etc.
Monitoring the implementation of Central Sector / Centrally Sponsored Schemes and coordinating the development activities.
Rendering technical assistance to State Governments and other agencies on commodity development programmes.
Collection and compilation of statistics of area, production, export, import, prices etc. and dissemination of the same to the Central and tate Governments and other agencies.
Keeping liaison with the research institutes and extension agencies and acting as a two-way channel in the transfer of technology.
Undertaking the publicity and propaganda works relating to the commodities.
Assisting the Central and State Governments on all matters relating to the development of the commodities.