Friday, April 14, 2017

Palm tree climbers to get Neera license

Patna, April 13, 2017: Bihar Government has decided to give Neera license to those people who climb on the palm tree to tap nectar.

Addressing the one day workshop-cum-training for Neera Project at Adhiveshan Bhavan here on Thursday, Industry Department principal secretary N Siddarth said license would be issued within a week of submitting the application.

He said the license would be granted to any one irrespective of his castes but he should be palm, date or coconut tree climber.

Stake holders of the project including Jeevika volunteers participated in the workshop.

Bihar government has an ambitious plan to popularise Neera, a pre-fermented palm nectar, as a soft drink for health post liquor ban in the state.

It will also provide job opportunity lakhs of Pasi community people who lost their traditional job of selling fermented palm nectar commonly known as toddy for several decades.

The workshop stressed on the preservation of Neera for longer period maintaining its cold chain.

It may be mentioned here that the natural drink Neera was a big hit among the visitors especially among youths in the three-day Bihar Diwas function at Gandhi Maidan recently.

Jeevika and Industry Department jointly launched the product for the first time for consumers on the opening day of Bihar Diwas function. Neera went out of shelves within four hours of its official launch.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

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