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Bihar to get high on Leechis

The leechi may soon be seen in a new avatar as two private companies are keen to use the fruit - that grows in abundance in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district - to produce wine.

Last year ICAR director Mangala Ram had impressed upon Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar that the state could increase its revenue by using the 'shahi leechi' variety of the fruit, largely grown in Muzaffarpur, for making wine.

Impressed by the proposal, the state government decided to set up plants in Muzaffarpur for this purpose.

Wine from the fruit would help leechi farmers as they would not be forced to sell leechis at throwaway prices.

About 70% of India's leechis are grown in and around Muzaffarpur and the number of farmers cultivating it has grown in the last decade. The numbers may soon hit a new 'high'!


Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Muzaffarpur is places for leechi And Hajipur is famous for Banana.

BK Chowla, said...

It was a long time back that a project was drawn on similar thinking for Dehra DUn, but for reasons unknown, it never materialised.

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