Andhra Pradesh's north eastern hilly belt fast becoming cannabis capital of India

The authorities have been pursuing the villagers to shift to alternative crops. But the villagers don’t find the compensation good enough to abandon cannabis
The Economic Times (India)
Sunday, September 2, 2018

Paderu is the main town in the area and the cannabis produced in the entire belt is popularly called Paderu ganja. This region is quickly becoming the cannabis capital of India, say officials. While cannabis is grown in several parts of the country, this region and the neighbouring Malkangiri district of Odisha has seen a spurt in cultivation. In the eight mandals, the area under cannabis cultivation is estimated to be 10,000 acres spread across 1,000 (of the total 3,000) villages, according to data available with the office of deputy commissioner of prohibition and excise (enforcement) of Visakhapatnam district. (See also: Modern technology to end ganja cultivation in Visakhapatnam Agency areas)