The Centre has
constituted an Expert Team to study the problems of arecanut growers of
Karnataka under the Chairmanship of Dr. Gorakh Singh. The Government has
taken following steps to address the problems faced by arecanut growers.
(i) Under National Horticulture Mission, an amount of Rs. 705.08 lakh
was provided for rejuvenation including Yellow Leaf Disease (YLD)
affected gardens of arecanut. Under this Mission, assistance is also
provided for Integrated Nutrient and Pest Management to improve
production and productivity of horticultural crops including arecanut.
(ii) Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance has
formulated a scheme for providing financial relief to the farmers in
Karnataka for implementation through NABARD.
(iii) Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod is
undertaking various research and extension activities to promote
alternative uses of arecanut and for effective control of Yellow Leaf
Disease of arecanut.
(iv) During the year 2011-12, MIS was implemented for procurement of
8000 MTs White and 4000 MTs Red variety of arecanut from 06.04.11 to
31.05.11 with a Market Intervention Price of Rs.75,900/- per MT for
white and Rs. 97,900/- per MT for red variety of Arecanut in Karnataka.
This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a
question in the Lok Sabha today.