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Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Walk through the Agricultural Belt of Havelock Island

How many of you have seen the agricultural belt while going on a vacation to a tropical island? How many of you took the opportunity to explore the green terrain while on a beach holiday? I am guessing that the answer will be a miniscule percentage.


Not that such areas are a tourist attraction, but such green agricultural belts tell us tourists a lot about the local culture and food, while allowing us to admire nature’s beauty.

 
But, in my case, I love to buck the trend and took my rented motorcycle to one remote village on Havelock Island. Only when I reached the end of the road did I find out I was surrounded by the food bowl of Havelock Island.


The entire place wore a fresh green look with palm trees, betel nut trees and coconut trees. The trees beyond were the tall and dense native tropical varieties. As for the food crops, locals grew banana, potato, onions, tomato, egg plant (brinjal), okra (lady’s finger), green chillies and the likes. Surprisingly, a lot of it is exported to the rest of the Andamans and especially betel nut, which is exported to the rest of the world.

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