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Farmers in West Midnapore finding alternative means of livelihood

Salboni , Fri, 09 Dec 2011 ANI

Salboni, Dec 9 (ANI): Farmers in a Maoist-hit region of West Midnapore District in West Bengal are reaping good profit after adopting advance methods of apiculture or beekeeping.


Young men residing in Salboni town of West Midnapore district were facing the brunt of unemployment as they were forced to stop working in their farmlands by the Maoist rebels.


With the joint efforts of area police and security personnel, the Maoist activities have now declined in the region.


Hence, young people have taken up apiculture, still they faced problems due to lack of water.


Eventually, numerous amateur beekeepers have learnt modern method of beekeeping to take out honey, wax and are earning good money.


"I am engaged in this business, since seven to eight years. Earlier, everything was fine, but later the Maoists started harassing us. Now, there is no such problem. We don't see Maoists now," said Sohrab Mondal, a honey manufacturer.


Due to the constant Maoist threats, the development work in various districts of the state has been adversely affected.


However, it is believed that such sustained development methods adopted by the people of rural area would contribute in removing Maoist effect from the region. (ANI)


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