Do you know, what is called the green gold of Chhattisgarh? If not, then let us tell you that Tendupatta is called green gold here because you can earn equal to gold and silver from its business. The tribals here earn good profits by cultivating it, apart from this, the government also gets good profits from this farming.
Why is green gold so expensive?
Tell that, bidi is prepared from Tendupatta and people go from South to Chhattisgarh to buy it. According to the information, tribal people get good income only by breaking them.
There is a lot of demand due to the quality
Because of the quality of Tendupatta. There is a huge demand for them in the market. It is said that this is such a business that if a little carelessness is taken in it, it can reduce its quality.
Tell that, due to its size and its thickness, it is used for bidi and for this reason it is also in great demand.
75 lakh people get employment for three months
According to the statistics of The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India, Tendupatta provides employment to 75 lakh people for three months. And when beedis are made from these leaves, about 30 lakh people get employment in that work too.
Now the state government is also paying attention to this
Earlier, the condition of the tribals who used to collect Tendupatta was not better because during that time the rates of Tendupatta were also low, but in today's time even the state government has started paying attention to it.
According to the reports, if we talk about the year 2002, then the price of Tendupatta in the state was Rs 400 per standard bag, but in today's time, it has been increased to Rs 1500. And in today's time its price is four thousand rupees per standard bag. Now its rate is increasing day by day so much that it is a matter of great happiness for the tribals because, with the increase in the rate, their income has also increased.
Tendu leaves are plucked in the month of April.
Tell that, tribal people pluck tendu leaves in the month of April. Let us tell you that there are 1000 bundles of tendu leaves in a sack and each bundle has 50 leaves. The bundles of these leaves are dried in the sun and beedis are made from them.
There is a huge demand in foreign countries too.
In today's time, there is a lot of demand for tendu leaves in many states of the country like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and West Bengal, along with it there is a huge demand in foreign countries like Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.