Phulbani, August 16 (LocalWire): Demand for spices has been adversely affected by the pandemic as people are not moving out, secretary of KASAM told LocalWire.
The Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing is a society of about 18,000 registered farmers in Odisha’s tribal populated Kandhamal district.
KASAM markets different organic spices including the Kandhamal Turmeric.
“Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, sales have come down.
Moreover, people are also afraid of venturing out into the market, which has also affected sales,” said Sanjit Kumar Patnaik, secretary of KASAM.
“We have received some enquiries from Europe, but we are waiting for things to become normal,” he added.
Kandhamal produces about 24,000 tonnes of spices annually, out of which KASAM processes 5000 tonnes.
“On an average, we sell about 60-150 tonnes of turmeric per month; now it has come down 30 to 40 tonnes,” he said.