Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday allowed opening of betel mandis (wholesale market) in 21 districts. The decision was taken in the view of losses suffered by the betel industry due to Covid-19 lockdown.
The order by the state food department said that the advisory issued by the Centre has allowed horticultural crops, and so. the production and distribution of betel leaves is being allowed.
The order, however, asked district authorities to ensure social distancing norms are followed at the wholesale market.
Unnao,RaeBareli, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur, Balliah, Ghazipur, Lalitpur, Banda, Azamgarh, Hardoi, Lucknow, Kanpur Urban, Amethi, Prayagraj, Sitapur, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra and Mahoba are districts where betel leaves are produced.