Impact of Thermal Power Station on Betel Cultivation; a Case Study
Betel is a tropical plant. Betel leaves help in digestion and its extract has some medicinal application. So the leaves are very commonly consumed by people in India. It is an important cash crop. Saheed Matangini Block of Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal (India) is famous for betel leaves production for a long time. The rural economy of this block was developed by concentrating on betel leaves, right from its production, processing, handling, transportation and marketing in different parts of the country. But with the passage of time, the betel cultivation of this area has lost its glory and its significance in the local economy. According to the local farmers the declining trend started with the development of coal based power plant in this locality (Kolaghat Thermal Power Plant) and later on aggravated by some other factors. Government in association with other organization should take necessary steps to recover its glorious past.
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