Reports alleging illegal import of arecanut
through Indo-Nepal border have also been received.
Goa's signature arecanut and coconut plantations will soon have the stems of the trees decorated with black pepper creepers.
The project also approved by the Goan government, and awaiting approval of the central government for funds, will see 100 hectares of arecanut and coconut plantations being covered with black pepper annually from 2014-15 to 2018-19.
In May 2008, severely infested Arecanut plants were observed in Arphewmer village of Umling block under Ri-Bhoi (90[degrees]55'15-91[degrees]16'N and 25[degrees]40' to 25[degrees]21'E) district of Meghalaya, but no larvae or adults were found in the infested plants.
In Dec 2009, the survey was extended to Sarin, Mawpud, Assainguitin village, and State Government Horticultural Farm at Phudkhylla village under Ranikor block of the West Khasi Hills (25[degrees]10'-25[degrees]51'N, 90[degrees]44'-91[degrees]49'E) district of Meghalaya, where we found infested Arecanut plants showing entry holes and wavy tunnels without larvae/adults in all the locations, except in Assainguitin village.
At the end of Dec 2009 and first week of Jan 2010, again intensive survey was conducted in bordering (India-Bangladesh) areas, and RPW was collected from Arecanut plants in Pyrdwah and Lynkhat villages and State Government Horticultural Farm at Pomshutia village under East Khasi Hills (25[degrees]07'-25[degrees]41'N, 91[degrees]21'-92[degrees]09'E) district of Meghalaya.
The larvae collected from the infested Arecanut plants were reared in the laboratory artificially on finely ground Arecanut frass.
08 lakh was provided for rejuvenation including Yellow Leaf Disease (YLD) affected gardens of arecanut.
iii) Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod is undertaking various research and extension activities to promote alternative uses of arecanut and for effective control of Yellow Leaf Disease of arecanut.
iv) During the year 2011-12, MIS was implemented for procurement of 8000 MTs White and 4000 MTs Red variety of arecanut from 06.
Major items imported from Sri Lanka to Pakistan are tea, natural rubber, copra, fresh coconut, betel leaves, ekels, coir-yarn, tamarind, arecanuts
and spices accounting for more than 90% of the total imports from Sri Lanka.