Nut-chopper nuts are a popular source of protein and fibre in many Western countries, especially the UK.
They are also a key component of traditional Indian cuisine.
But the nuts are also one of the most expensive food items in India, with the average price of a nut on the Indian market currently approaching $2.5m.
So why does India keep nuts in lock-ups?
According to a study carried out by researchers at India’s Institute of Biotechnology, it is because it is cheaper to produce and maintain them than nuts in the wild.
The researchers said that although nuts were once prized in the Indian and Asian markets, the supply of them in the country has now dried up.
The research was published in the Journal of Nutritional Sciences.
They also found that India has some of the highest prices for nuts on the planet.
India’s population is currently just under 200 million, so the shortage of nuts in many parts of the country is serious.
Nut farmers have been growing nuts in fields in the northern state of Maharashtra for more than three decades, according to the Indian news website Hindustan Times.
Nut prices are high in Maharashtra.
Nut growers in the north of India say that their harvest has been impacted by a drought, but the situation is not as dire as it was in previous years.
In Maharashtra, the average prices of nuts on supermarket shelves have increased more than 30 per cent over the last year, according the report.
A survey conducted by the Agriculture Department of Maharashtra State revealed that a fifth of the households in the state had access to nut-grinding machines.
But despite the increased price, farmers say they have not been able to find enough land to cultivate them.
Nut-processing facilities are available only in rural areas, and many of them are in poor, unorganised areas where the land is not accessible to the population.
“The prices of nut-processing machines are increasing year after year and we are trying to find more land to plant our trees,” a farmer from Haryana’s Agri-Food Development Authority told Hindustans Times.
“There are no jobs available in the fields in these areas, so people are losing their jobs and their income.
We have been losing money for two years and have not found the money to plant trees,” he said.
The Indian government has also made it harder for farmers to plant nut trees in the last few years, and now requires them to apply for a special permit from the state government to harvest their nuts.
Nut trees are often planted as roadside plants.
Farmers are then required to take them to a local farm office to be planted.
In a state where the government has not been successful in ensuring that the government-approved permits are issued for the proper cultivation of nut trees, farmers are increasingly finding it difficult to access the facilities they need to cultivate nuts.
Many farmers in Maharashtra are also reluctant to plant their trees because of the cost of the equipment.
In April, the state-run Maharashtra State Food Security Department had announced a ban on the sale of nuts to non-farmers.
This was in response to a complaint by farmers who said the ban on nuts was in violation of the Nut Act, which prohibits sale of food products to nonfarmers and which states must provide adequate financial assistance for food production.
This ban was set to take effect on May 1.
A spokesman for the Food Safety and Standards Department of the state’s Department of Agriculture, which administers the ban, told Hindutas Times that it is working to ensure that the ban does not impact on the livelihood of farmers.
“We are working on establishing a system to ensure the availability of facilities for the nuts to be harvested.
The state government has announced a plan to procure a special facility to be installed at a nearby place, but that is not feasible,” he told Hinduts Times.
A group of farmers from Maharashtra’s Chhattisgarh district who gathered outside the State Food Ministry in a protest over the ban told the Hindustas Times they have been using the special facility they received in April.
They say that they have to travel hundreds of kilometres to harvest the nuts.
“If the government wants to buy us nuts, it can buy them from the local traders,” one of them said.
According to the report, the cost to grow and maintain nuts is about one per cent of their wholesale price, which is a significant amount to pay to farmers.
The report also pointed out that the subsidy to farmers is also one reason for the high prices.
According the report: “The subsidy to the farmers has risen to $1.25 per kg, from $1 per kg in 2009.
The subsidy to manufacturers has increased to $0.5 per kg from $0 in 2009.”
Nut prices in India are also high because the nut trade is highly regulated.
The price of nuts is set by the government, but there is no way to determine how much the government spends on the nuts themselves, the report said.