Former speaker bats for neera in State

Former speaker bats for neera  in State

 A delegation of farmers led by former Legislative Assembly Speaker Krishna on Monday urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to allow manufacture and sale of neera in the State


The State government should adopt the Kerala model of promoting neera. Coconut farmers in the neighbouring State are making a good profit out of neera production and sale. The Kerala government has helped the farmers there to form societies among themselves and sell neera. A similar step should be taken in Karnataka, Krishna said.

The Karnataka government has to first take neera out of the Karnataka Excise Act by amending it. A network has to be put in place on the lines of milk cooperative societies so that both production and sale of neera are taken care of. Besides, a number of companies are eager to set up neera processing units in the State, he added.

The delegation urged Siddaramaiah to make an announcement in this regard in his 2015-16 State budget. This apart, a delegation from Pavagad led by Congress leader V S Ugrappa met Siddaramaiah and urged him to ensure supply of drinking water to people of Pavagad town and surrounding places by pumping water from Tungabhadra reservoir.

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