KVIC taps Indian Palm Industry

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission is to roll out a project to produce Palamgur and Neera. The initiative is to generate huge employment.

Highlights

Neera is to be introduced as a substitute for soft drinks. This will create self employment opportunities to tribal. It was first launched in Maharashtra where there are more than 50 lakh palm trees.

About the initiative

The KVIC distributed tools for making Palmgur and to extract Neera. The tools included axes, ropes and knives. The KVIC also provided a 7-day training programme to the local artisans. The initiative has been rolled out by the Ministry of MSME (Micro, small and Medium Enterprises).

Background

Neera is extracted from the palm trees before sun rise. There are more than 10 crore palm trees in the country. However, due to lack of commercial market techniques, large scale Neera production has not commenced in the country.

Neera also has great export potential. Neera is consumed widely in countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Africa and Sri Lanka.

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