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Support price for areca sought

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SIRSI: The fluctuating prices of arecanut in the market had pushed the growers in Uttara Kannada district into distress. The support price of Rs. 148 for red areca and Rs. 114 for white areca per kg was sought by Union Government as per the study report by Areca Research Committee and Rs.10,000 crore should be set aside in the budget, said Totgars Sale Society (TSS) president Shantaram Hegde Shigehalli.

He told presspersons here on Saturday that although areca was not harmful to health, a lobby was working against areca whenever there was good price in the market. Ban on the use of plastic pouch for packing gutka had a grim effect on areca market. A panel comprising representatives of TSS, Campco and Mamcos would meet Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma in this connection soon, he said.

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