Arecanut taskforce :
Context : The state government has approved to setup a Arecanut taskforce to safeguard the interests of Arecanut growers in the state.
- Teerthahalli legislator Aaraga Jnanendra would be the president of taskforce.
- The central Arecanut and cocoa marketing and processing co-operative (CAMPCO) ltd had asked the Karnataka government to recommend that central government exclude Arecanut and Pepper from scope of proposed Regional and Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
- The taskforce would protect the interest of Arecanut growers in the state.
- The taskforce would also sanction funds for research in Arecanut and other Arecanut related activities.
The Arecanut is the fruit of Areca palm, which grows in much of tropical Pacific, southeast and south Asia and parts of East Africa.
India produces more than 50 percent of world production of Arecanut. In India Karnataka is the largest state producing Arecanut.