To overcome the micronutrient deficiencies and meet the physiological and metabolic requirements of
the spice crops, the ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research developed crop specific designer
micronutrient foliar formulations for the major spices (Black Pepper, Ginger, Turmeric, Cardamom). It
also successfully field-tested and commercialized the crop-specific micronutrient formulations for
the major spices. The Institute’s Ginger and Turmeric Formulations have already received the Patents.
These are the micronutrient compositions for supplying essential nutrients and promoting
growth in spices. 40-55% of soils are moderately deficient in micronutrients like Zinc,
while 25-30% is deficient in Boron. Deficiency of other micronutrients occurs in 15% of soils.
The novelty of this technology augments the uptake of essential nutrient by the plants
IISR have developed crop/soil specific i.e. ginger and turmeric (for soils with pH below and
above 7), black pepper and cardamom micro nutrient mixtures for foliar application.
Guarantees 15-25% increase in yield and quality.
Improves health, quality and yield of the crops.
Water soluble and compatible with simple or complex standard fertilizers.
Easy transportation and long shelf life up to two years.
Advanced package of practices for commercial utility.
Technology Developed By:
Dr. V. Srinivasan, Dr. R. Dinesh and Dr. S. Hamza. ICAR- Indian Institute of Spices Research
(ICAR-IISR), Kozhikode, Kerala.
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