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  • Betel vine farming/trading is

    Betel vine farming/trading is important for another strategic reason also. It must be the only crop where the farmers still play a role in determining the cost of the end product. In Tamilnadu, every day, based on the arrival of the betel vine, Sholavandaam (a major betel growing area) farmerÔÇÖs federation determines the price in consultation with the other major trading / growing regions and mobile phone has ensured that the different regions have their wholesale and retail price adjusted to the current price at the production centre.

    Also, in tamilnadu some of the costs mentioned in the article do not hold good, as farmers use muringa and greens as shade giving inter-crops in the beten vine gardens. In the production mandis it is a common sight to see the betel leaves harvested in the morning and the inter-crop harvested in the afternoon both fetching a decent return for the farmer. They have also devised methods such as raised beds for the betel vine and some very innovative implements that are only seen in the betel vine parts for their usage. However, places like Aathur (near tutucorin) which is another major betel growing area, have other problems. Despite the betel farmers getting special status for irrigation from the government through a GO several decades ago, the heavy industries downstream have long since taken government on their side and the irrigation of these farmer fields are low in the priority of the government in comparison to that of the industries, where much of the water is diverted rendering this profession not too welcome.

    Athur in fact has an interesting betel vine farming community with assets, quality control and standards and measures all controlled by the sangham of the farmers (and unless one is cultivating betel vine for the current season, one cannot be a office bearer in the sangham!). We had studied the betel vine in the state a few years ago and it is one of the most innovative and dynamic farming groups and remains significantly organic. In fact, one of the office bearers of the major Sholavandaam betel vine farmers association had informed us that they have managed to remain organic because they are not associated with government agri departments or universities! For some strange reason, betel leaf is categorized under horti-culture department by the government of tamilnadu.

    I donÔÇÖt know what is the current status, but, it would be interesting to re-visit some of these places and understand the issues involved.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Mr Ram, This betel leaf is a

    Mr Ram,
    This betel leaf is a variety related to all India \
    market. Please understand that TN betel leaf does not go beyond the state of TN.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • I want to know about the

    I want to know about the cultivation of betel leaf in Green house or semi green house,(Plastic shade)

    We are renowned betel farmer in Bangladesh for last 80years,my grandfather, now my father and me.

    we want to upgrade the cultivation system of betel leaf,
    if anybody has any idea pls mail me, my e-mail id :

    Thanking you

    Prohlad saha

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • i requeste to suprime sir that plz collect data from tripura state market,because many boroj are there bt price is still same and no official data about market economy.plz help us (student)

    Posted by: Mithun Debnath | one year ago | Reply
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