Dist admin aims to promote toxic-free healthy jaggery

Dist admin aims to promote toxic-free healthy jaggery in Ch'nagar district

A demonstration on how to make chemical-free jaggery, at Yalandur taluk, Chamarajanagar district. DH PHOTO

The district administration has decided to revive the jaggery units that are functioning with conventional methods and introduce latest technology, and at the same time create awareness among the unit owners and the farmers on not using chemicals for jaggery.

The Khadi and Gramodyog division of the Zilla Panchayat, with the help of JSS Skill Training Institute, has been providing training for the interested farmers and the jaggery unit owners. The first phase of training has been completed and the second phase will be in Chamarajanagar and Yalandur taluks. The next training will be held at Kollegal and Gundlupet taluks. The third phase will be held from February 25 to March 3.

There are around 250 jaggery units in the district and most of them are facing closure. The main objective of the programme prepared by the Khadi Gramodyog division is to manufacture chemical-free jaggery and train the farmers with demonstration using latest technologies.

Khadi Gramodyog division deputy director Rajendra Prasad said that the jaggery is produced in the district using conventional methods, for which the expenses and wastage is high. Moreover, chemicals are being used to get an attractive colour. The programme would help them to adopt new technologies in jaggery making and also maintain cleanliness and hygiene at the units.

There are also plans to develop Aalemanes at a cost of Rs 8 crore. Some farmers have shown interest. Such modern jaggery units have been established in Mandya district, he said.

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