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Areca Nut being produced
Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Following scanty rainfall this monsoon, drought conditions and increase of fruit rot disease, the yield of areca nuts has been low. Farmers in Mumbar have witnessed a fall in the price of areca nut even though the demand in the market is soaring.
The price of a quintal of nuts has dropped from Rs. 70, 000 in 2015-16, to Rs. 37, 000.
In Hosanagara Taluk, the area is dominated by small-scale farmers who lack adequate storage systems compared to farmers who store their produce in warehouses. After market demand went up, the farmers are not able to sell their produce in the market due to low yield.
For a long time, farmers in this area will not be able to produce areca nut due to the Kole roga said the Horticulture department of Hosanagara taluk.
Fifty percent of the crops have been lost to the disease this year.
The Horticulture Department of Hosanagara Taluk has also said that the areca nut production in the year 2016-2017 was 8,000 quintals but the half yearly produce in 2017-2018 remains at 1,500 quintals.
Vishwanath P, who has been growing areca for the last eight years, said, “I have never experienced such a decline in areca nut farming. Even though the market price is high, we barely get anything in hand as we are exploited by the middle man.”
In Mumbar village, people have moved to work as manual labour. Eight out of ten farmers are working in construction sites as labourers. They are paid Rs.300 per day by contractors for cleaning wells and shifting bricks.
The Assistant Director of the Horticulture department, Puttanaika, said that the area cultivated in Hosanagara is very less as it is mainly occupied by the reserve forests. The cultivatable area for Areca nut is only 34.8per cent. He said that farmers should take up mixed farming, cultivating crops like pepper, coconut, nutmeg and banana.