A unique project to produce Neera and Palmgur has been rolled out by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Palghar district of Maharashtra. The KVIC launched project aims to promoting Neera as substitute to soft drinks along with generating self employment opportunities for Adivasis as well as traditional trappers. Indian state Maharashtra is home to more than 50 lakh palm trees.
As a part of project, KVIC distributed tool kits to local artisans for extraction of Neera and making palmgur.
The tool kit comprised of canteen burners, perforated moulds, food grade stainless steel Kadhai, along with other equipment namely knives, rope and axes.
Neera is a nutrient-rich health drink consumed in many Indian states, and is extracted from the palm trees before sunrise.