Areca prices remain firm in 2020 despite lockdown


The Covid-induced lockdown in 2020 appears to have aided the arecanut sector in getting a good price for the commodity at a time when the crop creation was significantly less when compared to the former calendar year.

Mahesh Puchhappady, Standard Secretary of the All India Areca Growers’ Association, advised BusinessLine that the lockdown aided farmers who ended up impacted by the crop decline to the extent of around thirty-35 for each cent for the duration of the calendar year.

He said the unconventional rise in the temperature for the duration of the summer time months led to tender nut dropping in the arecanut plantations and also impacted flowering for the duration of the period.

The creation decline was compensated by the good price for the commodity for the duration of the calendar year largely for the reason that of the lockdown.

Campco’s encouraging hand

Thanking the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Internet marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) Ltd for its initiative to acquire arecanut from growers when there ended up totally no consumers for it in the consuming market, he said, “Campco’s courageous final decision prevented farmers from venturing into panic promoting of the commodity.”

Campco experienced started off buying arecanut from growers on April thirteen just before the close of the lockdown-one. It experienced fixed a base price of ₹250/ kg for new shares and ₹275/kg for old shares of white arecanut.

Campco officers experienced stated then that the cooperative took this final decision to instil assurance amid growers, although there no market was operating at the people close then.

Encouraged by Campco’s move, other arecanut cooperatives in crimson arecanut increasing areas this kind of as the Sirsi-based mostly TSS (Totagars’ Cooperative Sale Society) also decided to enterprise and acquire arecanut from the growers.

Raise in costs

By the close of Might, both of those white and crimson varieties of arecanut experienced witnessed maximize in the costs from their pre-lockdown market closure. In the pre-lockdown closure, white range was trading in the assortment of ₹250-260 a kg, and crimson in the assortment of ₹340-370 a kg.

By December, both of those white and crimson arecanut experienced breached the ₹400 a kg mark in the market.

The members in the arecanut cooperatives attributed the good reasons this kind of as the total stoppage of import (both of those by lawful and illegal implies) for the duration of the lockdown and the subsequent desire for the arecanut in the consuming market in northern India as the maximize in the price of the commodity.

Primarily based on processing, arecanut is categorised as white and crimson varieties. White arecanut is well prepared by drying the ripe arecanut in the sunlight and dehusking it. Pink arecanut is well prepared by dehusking eco-friendly arecanut, and then boiling and drying it. White arecanut is manufactured in coastal Karnataka and some pieces of Kerala, crimson arecanut is manufactured in Shivamogga, Davangere and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka. The crimson range is largely used in the manufacture of ‘paan masala’, and the white range for ‘paan’ preparation.