- Title: INDIA: Tapioca cultivation becomes important commercial crops in South
- Date: 3rd January 2011
- Summary: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (DECEMBER 31, 2010) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC) FARMERS UPROOTING TAPIOCA PLANT FARMERS ARRANGING TAPIOCA PLANTS FARMERS UPROOTING TAPIOCA PLANTS A TAPIOCA PLANT BEING UPROOTED TAPIOCA PLANT BEING LYING ON GROUND FARMERS UPROOTING TAPIOCA PLANTS TAPIOCA LYING ON GROUND FARMERS PLUCKING TAPIOCA FROM THE PLANT WOMEN PLUCKING TAPIOCA FARMERS PLUCKING TAPIOCA FROM THE PLANT (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) PALANISAMY, A FARMER, SAYING: "I am doing three acres of Tapioca cultivation. We have received per acres seven to 25 tonnes yield. It has been marketed between three to five thousand rupees. This is the best crop for drought as we receive 1.25 thousand per hectare. We are also enjoying rupees 4000 subsidy from the Horticulture department." TAPIOCA BEING PUT IN A BASKET FARMER CARRYING TAPIOCA KEPT IN A BASKET FARMERS PUTTING TAPIOCA PLANT IN A BASKET FARMERS CARRYING TAPIOCA KEPT IN A BASKET FARMERS LOADING TAPIOCA IN A TRUCK TAPIOCA CROP TAPIOCA CROP KEPT IN A TRUCK A WOMAN LOADING TAPIOCA IN A TRUCK (SOUNDBITE) (English) DURAI SAMY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE DEPARTMENT, SAYING: "So concerned with the department we are giving technology transfer as well as intervention of the scientific cultivation among the farmers for which we have given training at tapioca research centre in Thiruvananthapuram." TAPIOCA CROP BEING WEIGHED FARMERS PUTTING TAPIOCA CROP IN A WEIGHING SCALE A WEIGHING SCALE TAPIOCA CROP BEING DIPPED IN WATER
- Embargoed: 18th January 2011 03:00
- Location: India, India
- Country: India
- Topics: Industry,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
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- Story Text: Farmers in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu have switched to Tapioca cultivation as raw material for several industrial products.
The province stands first in respect of processing of Tapioca into starch and sago and hence this crop has now acquired a status of one of the important commercial crops in the state.
In the state, this crop is being cultivated over an area of about 82000 hectares providing employment to thousands of workers.
"I am doing three acres of Tapioca cultivation. We have received per acres seven to 25 tonnes yield. It has been marketed between three to five thousand rupees. This is the best crop for drought as we receive 1.25 thousand per hectare. We are also enjoying rupees 4000 subsidy from the Horticulture department," said Palanisamy, a farmer in the region.
Tapioca and its finished products are used as food, animal feed and as raw material for several industrial products.
Tapioca crop grown in the state has been exported to many countries including Vietnam, Thailand and Brazil to name a few.
The Horticulture department has been providing scientific training to the farmers in the province.
"So concerned with the department we are giving technology transfer as well as intervention of the scientific cultivation among the farmers for which we have given training at tapioca research centre in Thiruvananthapuram," said Durai Samy, Deputy Director of Horticulture Department.
Tapioca is a tropical crop requiring warm humid climate. It requires well-distributed annual rainfall when grown under rain fed conditions.
It is known for its drought tolerance.
Tapioca crop also plays a vital role for food and medical usages in and around the world.
Tapioca is adequately produced in the southern parts of India, mainly in southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
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