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for land suitable for the cultivation of plantation crops, was raised from 1 to 10 rupees an acre. In these years anxiety was also expressed about the possible consequences of the policy for ecology,29 In the beginning of the 1880s, at the height of the depression in the plantation sector, government help was minimal. On the other hand the liabilities of the planters were lessened in this period. Maximum assistance could be witnessed again HI the last years of the 19th century. In these years of prosperity for the plantations, financial aid was given for hospitals in the plantation districts, a telegraph connection with Peermaad, and exhibitions of Travancore plantation products abroad. The liabilities of the plantations rose again in this period, in conclusion, although the Travancore government was politically severely restrained, it gave 'minimum' assistance and gained 'maximum' profit whenever financially possible for the planters and whenever politically approved by the British resident.

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