Coronavirus indefinitely halts cardamom auctions in Puttady and Bodinayakanur

Cardamom auctions each in Puttady in Idukki district and Bodinayakanur in Tamil Nadu has been indefinitely stopped, due to the prevailing conditions close to the novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.

The auctioneers advised BusinessLine that they have obtained an oral directive from Spices Board in this regard in the morning by itself to cancel the auctions in each the centres till more orders.

The auctioneers pointed out that the Group Overall health Centre in Vandanemdu has issued a directive to the Deputy Director, Spices Park in Puttady on Saturday to discontinue the trading things to do in the e-auction centre in watch of the substantial gatherings of people today in the auctions.

The purchase was issued primarily based on a tip-off from the Kerala Unique Department Law enforcement. The Healthcare Officer in the Group Overall health Centre also directed to restrain all public gatherings in the auction centres until eventually more orders primarily based on the Kerala Authorities round to avert the spreading of the virus.

The virus menace has also compelled cardamom traders in Tamil Nadu to search for suspension of auctions and All Cardamom Traders Association in Bodinayakanur has approached the Spices Board to suspend the ensuing auctions each in Bodi and Puttady in Idukki till March 31.

Primarily based on their request, the District Collector in Theni has also appealed the Spices Board to cancel all auctions till the stop of this month. The association pointed out that there was a gathering of additional than 100 persons on every single working day in the premises of the auction centres to take part in the trading things to do, which increase for the full working day. Due to the fact the prospects of finding virus an infection are uncomplicated, traders are fearful to just take portion in the auctions. They also cited the occasions of closing down of many establishments in the country because of coronavirus.