The right push

Four steps to make tamarind as pop­u­lar as moringa

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1 De­velop hy­brid va­ri­eties that have high pro­duc­tiv­ity, low ges­ta­tion pe­riod and can be used by the food and dye­ing in­dus­tries

2 Sen­si­tise for­est com­mu­ni­ties to col­lect tamarind to­gether. Govern­ment should also teach the com­mu­ni­ties ba­sic val­uead­di­tion tech­niques like peel­ing and de­seed­ing to max­imise prof­its

3 De­velop af­ford­able pro­cess­ing ma­chines and tech­niques that will re­duce the high pro­duc­tion cost of tamarind prod­ucts

4 Pro­vide min­i­mum sup­port price to safe­guard farm­ers from mo­nop­oly of mid­dle­men

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