A toddy tapper climbs up a palm tree to collect toddy, the most sought after traditional and natural drink consumed to beat the heat, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Production of toddy has been coming down in the wake of indiscriminate felling of palmyra trees over a period for real estate and other purposes.
Numbers of toddy-tappers mainly settled in the coastal areas of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh are unable to eke out a decent living through the traditional profession. In the past, different sections of people used to consume toddy for health benefits. But of late, the number had come down drastically with many of them opting for cheap liquor.
Things aren't very different in neighbouring Telangana Sate. The Chief Minister of Telangana has recently has decided to waive the tree tax levied on toddy tree and has pledged for welfare and uplifting the "neglected" community.
Photo : K.R. Deepak
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