Major Commodities

Arecanut

Arecanut (Areca catechu L.), is a highly profitable commercial crop. It is the source of common chewing nut, popularly known as betel nut or Supari and very much linked with religious practices.

Arecanut seeds contain alkaloids such as arecaidine and arecoline which when chewed are intoxicating and slightly addictive. The seed also contains tannins (pyrocyanidins) called arecatannins which are carcinogenic. These tannin extractions are used in leather industry.

India stands first in world arecanut production.

Arrivals in QTLS

Major Markets

Shivamogga

Sagar

Sirsi

Siddapura

Mangalore

Puttur

Tirthalli

Chitradurga

2012-13

460191

111658

165442

44306

70143

107935

48750

28758

2013-14

459571

115292

201723

54419

93493

100766

44940

25760

2014-15

391071

88629

191365

44538

77008

68532

43635

17685

2015-16

347347

92945

189426

49288

133549

78876

48796

21850

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THE ORGANISATION

Government of Karnataka had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Additional Secretary to Government, Co-operation Department to explore means to improve the agricultural marketing system, identify the interventions required in the sector and suggest necessary reforms.

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