Orissa tribals struggle to regain cashew rights

"I have no choice but to leave my village in search of work. Otherwise, my family will starve,' says Samra Malik of Malikput village in Orissa's Koraput district. He, and several others landless like him, go to work on railway construction sites in Andhra Pradesh and coastal Orissa. Malik alleges that a state body does not allow them to grow cashew leaving them with no other option.

Malikput and 21 other villages under the Machkund tehsil comprise the largest cashew growing belt in Koraput. There have been constant conflicts between villagers who say that the cashew growing land belongs to them, and the state body