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IISR, Lucknow organized field training on Quality Jaggery Making at Datia (M.P.)

In Datia area of Madhya Pradesh sugarcane is grown in large area, which is mainly utilized for making jaggery. There are several jaggery units located around Datia having production capacity of 16 to 20 quintal per day. These units run for 5 to 6 months in a year. Despite such a huge production of jaggery these units suffer with some of the basic drawbacks associated with jaggery in general like poor hygiene, lack of efficient equipments and structures, lack of proper clarification technique and excessive use of health hazardous chemicals like hydros.

Seeing the quantum of sugarcane and jaggery production and prospects of dissemination of improved technologies developed by Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, a two-day training of farmers on “Quality Jaggery Making” was organized in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Datia (M.P.) on March 06-07, 2014. A team consisting of Dr S.I. Anwar, I/C, Jaggery Unit, Dr R.K. Singh, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK, IISR, Lucknow and staff of Jaggery Unit visited Datia for the training. The training was attended by about 75 sugarcane farmers and jaggery manufacturers of Datia. Training included lectures and demonstration of IISR improved jaggery making technique at one of the jaggery units located at Datia-Dabra road. Several queries related to sugarcane and jaggery production were put up before resource personnels. Farmers were taught the use of moulding frame for production of cubical shape jaggery for better consumers’ acceptability, attractive packaging and distribution. Efficient clarification technique using only vegetative clarificants and use of scum settling tank for better recovery were also explained and demonstrated. Emphasis was given to produce such nutritive sweetener in hygienic conditions for better appeal by the urban mass. The certificates alongwith relevant literatures were distributed to the participants. This was first ever such programme conducted in Bundelkhand region.