Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR, New Delhi visited ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode on 22 December 2018. He inaugurated the new "Advanced laboratory for Post Harvest Technology (PHT)" and the farmers’ seminar on "Good agricultural practices for clean and safe spices". At the event he performed ceremonial planting. An Exhibition on spices in connection with the event was inaugurated by Dr. T Janakiram, Assistant Director General (HS) who also presided over the farmers’ seminar. New technologies, database, mobile app, business incubation agreement with Agri start-ups and products were released by the DG on this occasion. Release of new publications was performed by DG and Shri Suresh Chandel, Member, ICAR Governing Body who also visited the institute on the day. The DG also awarded Certificate of appreciation to Farm innovators. During his maiden visit, the DG went around various laboratories, farms, library and nursery units. He interacted with the scientists about the ongoing research works being undertaken on various aspects of spices.