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Hosanagara areca nut farmers lose heavily, prefer manual labour

The farmers in Mumbar Village of Hosanagara Taluk are switching from farming to manual labour  and construction work due to fall  in  prices and yield of areca nuts

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Arecanut stocked for 6 months as the sale goes down
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Main occupation of Hosanagara is chopping arecanuts
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Framers switch to well construction as an occupation.
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Farmerís wife on a busy day
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Bangalore, November 24, 2017: For a long time, farmers in this area will not be able to produce areca nut due to the Kole roga. ( fruit rot disease)  Fifty percent of the crops has been lost to the disease this year.

The Horticulture Department of Hosanagara Taluk has said that the areca nut production in the year 2016-2017 was 8,000 quintals, 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  theHorticulture 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.

 
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