Portfolio: Nayan Sthankiya (based in Delhi, India) - WIDEANGLE
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Eucalyptus introduced to India quite sometime ago by traders has, as has most species introduced from outside of their natural eco system is running a-muck of the local vegetation and water table in the Nilgri's.
Many people here have suggested wholesale eradication, but the more enterprising locals have begun to process the leaves extracting thier medicinal oils for sale locally and abroad. 

Getting little for their efforts, a 100 rupes a day six days a week, back breaking labor from sun up to sun set, inhaling fumes from both the medicinal properties of the leaves as well as the large amounts of carbon produced in the process.  Leading to resperitory ailments and a shortened life span.

But as always the enginuiety and perseverance of the small Indian businessman plods along and hard work can see a family send thier children to good schools and a better life.

Eucalyptus introduced to India quite sometime ago by traders has, as has most species introduced from outside of their natural eco system is running a-muck of the local vegetation and water table in the Nilgri's.
Many people here have suggested wholesale eradication, but the more enterprising locals have begun to process the leaves extracting thier medicinal oils for sale locally and abroad.

Getting little for their efforts, a 100 rupes a day six days a week, back breaking labor from sun up to sun set, inhaling fumes from both the medicinal properties of the leaves as well as the large amounts of carbon produced in the process. Leading to resperitory ailments and a shortened life span.

But as always the enginuiety and perseverance of the small Indian businessman plods along and hard work can see a family send thier children to good schools and a better life.

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