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Betelvine: A Traditional Cash Crop of Rural India

B L Jana (Author)
Synopsis Betelvine cultivation and the consumption of betel leaves is a very traditional and widespread practice in India and in many other countries of South-east Asia. It is a traditional cash crop of rural India and the betel leaves have become a part of life in most tropical and sub-tropical countries where betel chewing is an ancient habit of the Asian people. It is now widely cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Mayanmar, Maldwip, Indonesia, Philippines etc. under tropical and sub-tropical humid low light intensity. The crop has also a great deal of medicinal value which is attributed to the leaves since Vedic era. It is an antiseptic, carminative, curing cough and cold, pains and sores in throat and chest. It is digestive, cures indigestion, stomach ache, diarrhoea, cholera and tuberculosis, scales and burns, swelling, bruises, respiratory disorders, constipation, boils and gum sores, etc. Surprisingly it can now cure leukaemia or kill blood cancer cells. The marginal and small farmers generally cultivate betelvine on their small holdings which provide them a means of alternative cash earning and enable them to meet their day to day livelihood needs. This cash crop is neither dependent on exports or on urban consumption only and can yet be easily marketed. Publication of this book will help people working for and with betelvine growers to understand its diverse cultivation methods as practiced throughout India. The author has deeply dealt with pre-history and ancient literature, export value and national income, important varieties, breeding programme, medicinal properties and recent advances for curing leukaemia, cultivation technology, scope of intercropping and crop rotation as traditionally practiced, plant protection measures for insect pests and diseases, cost of cultivation and income, prospects of exports to different countries, problems and recommendations, etc. of betelvine cultivation in India.
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About the author

B L Jana

Balai Lal Jana, born on 2nd May, 1947 in the district of East Midnapore of West Bengal holds a brilliant academic record with M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agronomy. He obtained Diploma in Agronomy. He obtained Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kolkata, certificate for visiting Professional Training in Agricultural Research from the East Anglia University, Norwich, England; FAI training on Rainfed Agriculture in collaboration with ICRISAT, Hyderabad, etc. He served the erstwhile Fertiliser Corporation of India, (FCI), subsequently the Hindustan Fertiliser Corporation (HFC) as a seniormost Senior Agronomist in Technical Publicity, FP & ARD and ODA-funded Rainfed Farming Project, etc. He also served as the Training Organiser, Seva Bharati Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kapgari of Paschim Medinipore district of West Bengal. He has written 15 books. He has published 70 articles in Journals of national and international repute. He is the sub-editor of "Sabuj Sona", an agricultural fortnightly and the Editor of "Bhawna", a house journal of the Eastern India Pesticides Association (EIPA), Kolkata. He visited England, attended seminars, workshops and corporate conferences of national and international status.

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Bibliographic information

Title Betelvine: A Traditional Cash Crop of Rural India
Author B L Jana
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1s ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183210201
length 288p., Figures; Tables.