The Karnataka government has decided to establish a spice park inside the Malenadu district of Chikkamagaluru.
According to Industries Minister Murugesh R Nirani, the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) will set up the facility on a 10-acre land as soon as possible.
The decision came after a meeting between Nirani and Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje in Bengaluru on Friday. Karandlaje is a Lok Sabha member from Chikkamagaluru.
The union minister asked Nirani to establish a spice park in her district to boost agricultural exports. Apart from coffee, the district is well-known for its spices.
He also stated that the government will establish a special cell within the Industries department to promote farm produce exports, as requested by Karandlaje.
Malenadu or Malnad:
It is a Karnataka state region in South India. Malnad stretches for about 100 kilometers along the western and eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. It has a hilly terrain and is located in a rainy region. The Malenadu region is humid, with annual rainfall ranging from 1000 to 3800 mm.
As per the information available on Malnad Area Development Board (MADB) website, initially, this region covered the districts of Shivamogga, Chikmagalur, Kodagu, Uttara Kannada, and Hassan. At the present time, the board’s jurisdiction extends to 13 districts in the state: Chikmagalur, Hassan, Shivamogga, Kodagu, Mysore, Uttarkannada, Udupi, Mangalore, Chamarajnagar, Belgaum, Dharwar, Davangere and Haveri.