Mangaluru: A delegation headed by Members of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel and Shobha Karandlaje met union ministers Nirmala Seetharaman, Peeyush Goel, V Muralidharan, Prahlad Joshi and D V Sadananda Gowda in New Delhi recently and urged them ban the import of arecanut and pepper from abroad.
Though the production cost of arecanut and pepper is very high, the price for both crops is very less. It is said that a huge quantity of both arecanut and pepper is being imported from the other countries which is the reason behind less price for both the crops grown by farmers here.
The farmer leaders have been urging the union government to ban import of substandard quality pepper and arecanut as it is affecting the prices of local produce. The leaders also had been prevailing upon the elected representatives to exert pressure on the union government for the ban.
Hence, the delegation approached the union ministers and submitted a memorandum in this regard. The delegation also congratulated all the ministers who were inducted to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet.
CAMPCO President S R Sathishchandra, Director Thimmappa Shetty among others were in the delegation.
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