Abdul Latif is the owner of the jaggery making plant situated close by Mission School, Delhi-Haridwar Road, Manglore (nearby Roorkee), Haridwar, Uttarakhand. He is making jaggery for 45 years and running his own jaggery plant for the last 37 years. During visit to the plant along with Chandan – The guide I had queries about Sugarcane crop and the process of jaggery making. Abdul showed us the plant and enhanced our knowledge about sugarcane, products, process and finally the sale. The summary:
- Sugarcane once planted produce crop for 2-3 years.
- Sugarcane is planted in the month of Phagun i.e., February-March.
- November is the month harvesting is done and jaggery making process starts.
- 1st May is the last date for making jaggery and by that time sugarcane is also finished.
- Jaggery making and Sugarcane crops actually is a seven months job in an year.
- 11-12 kilos of jaggery is made from one quintal sugarcane.
- Currently sugarcane (as per crop variety) is Rs. 260/90/70/40 per quintal.
- Jaggery is sold into Manglore market at a price of Rs. 2800/3000 per quintal.
- At plant jaggery is sold at a price of Rs. 35 per kilo.
- Chaaku, Dhelli, Laddu, Pappdi, Khand are few design name made at jaggery plant.
- Shakkar is also made few times that cost Rs. 38/40 per kilo.
Video: Jaggery Making Plant in Manglore, Haridwar, Uttarakhand