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MP seeks Centre's aid to solve areca growers' woes

Last updated: 29 June, 2011
Mangalore, June 29, DHNS:

First ever bath soap prepared using areca extract launched

The support price given by the State government for the areca growers is not sufficient to solve the existing problem, but the Central government too has to announce the support price to improve the condition of the areca growers, said MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, CAMPCO President Konkodi Padmanabha, ZP President Shailaja Bhat at the launch of bath soap prepared using areca extract in Mangalore on Wednesday. DH photoHe was speaking after launching the first ever bath soap prepared using the areca extract-‘Pooga Singaar’ at Campco Hall on Wednesday. He said the MPs from the State irrespective of the political differences, have united together to support the areca growers. “We would continue pressurising the Central government to meet the demands of the areca growers.

The youth from the MSEZ project displaced families had to stage strikes to get the jobs which they rightly deserved. When the industrialisation is causing unemployment problem to the youth, it is the agriculture which stands as a backup to all those who are unemployed. From an uneducated to the educated, anyone can take up agriculture as a profession,” he said.

The MP also assured of supporting all the areca related experiments in the district.


Ayurveda expert and Agriculturist from Vittal, Badanaje Shankar Bhat who is the brain behind the production of areca soap said that with the manufacturing of various products using areca extract, the commercial value of areca could be boosted to a large extent.

Areca has the potential to be used as raw material in several products and days are not far when the areca will be used for various purposes, he said.

After undergoing all the clinical and medical trials, the soap has received approval for sale. Eight other areca products including lip stick, black ink, coffee and soft drink too have been prepared after conducting researches in Areca Research and Development Centre, he informed. 

Campco President Konkodi Padmanabh Bhat asked the agriculturists to use the areca soap, thus support the initiative.

“It is not easy to survive in the soap industry. ‘Pooga Singaar’ can survive provided all the areca growers start using the soap,” he said, adding that the product will be made available in all the Campco branches.

About the soap


‘Pooga Singaar’ is said to have medicinal values in it. The soap can cure dandruff problem, pimples, dark skin patches, heat rashes among others. The soap will be available in three varieties namely jasmine, rose and tulsi.  The 75 gram soap costs Rs 20.

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