In a mess

In a mess vanilla growers in India's southern states are in deep trouble. They don't know what to do with the current season's crop because the buyers have disappeared from the market. The high price of vanilla in the international market had tempted these farmers to take up the cash crop's cultivation in a big way in the past few years. The global price of processed vanilla beans rose from us $19 in 1998 to us $350-400 in 2003 (see

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