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Arecanut cultivation has witnessed substantial growth

GOA: Arecanut cultivation in the state has witnessed substantial growth over the past decade owing to an increase in kulagar plantations, despite erratic climatic conditions and other factors. In 2009, Goa had a total area of 1,641ha under arecanut cultivation, with an average yield of 1,571kg per hectare and average total production of 2,578 tonne per year. Ten years later, the state now has 1,836ha under arecanut cultivation, with an average yield of 1,600kg per hectare, while the annual average production ranges between 2,800 and 3,000 tonne, statistics maintained by the Goa State Agricultural and Live Stock Marketing Board revealed.

Madhav Sahakari, owner of Sahakari Spice plantation, said the negligence and ignorance by farmers lead to business losses. Inadequate knowledge and ignorance of recommended practices could be some of the reasons behind the failure of arecanut production, he said, while adding that if properly looked after, an areacut palm will constantly give good produce throughout its 40-year life span. “Regular watering and spraying of pesticides can increase the productivity of the palms, while use of minimum labour could lessen production costs,” Sahakari said.

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