Karnataka School Buys a School Bus by Selling Areca nuts

Kids at Government Upper Primary school, Mithoor of Dakshina Kannada district get their first ever school bus. And they got this from the areca nut crop that’s grown in the backyard of the school.

This 112-year-old school has bought its own school bus without a single penny from the government or the education department. The school owns 4.1 acre of land. In 2017, the School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC) decided to make use of that land and planted 628 areca nut saplings on one acre of this land.

Villagers and parents in the SDMC actively took part in this project and last year, areca trees began to bear fruits. “We grew around six quintals of areca nut. The cost in the market was fair enough and we sold them for nearly Rs 500 per kilogram. This helped us greatly to buy the much-needed school bus” said Sanjeev Naik, a teacher at Government Upper Primary School.

“Most students come from nearby villages and have to travel through hilly terrain and cross railway lines. Many used autos, now they can all safely travel in a school bus. The bus will be maintained by SDMC. This second-hand bus cost 5 lakh rupees” said a headmistress of the school.

The bus will benefit around 75 students of the school. It will have two trips a day to accommodate all the needy students.

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