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Faridpur flooded with Patali Gur
Aminul Islam
Published : Saturday, 20 December, 2014,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 9
FARIDPUR, Dec 19: All the haats and bazaars in nine upazilas of the district, have been flooded with Patali Gur (solid molasses) this winter season.
Patali Gur is prepared from date juice, and Faridpur is famous for this type of molasses.
The extractors locally called (Gachhi) are reportedly passing busy times in extracting date juice and making Patali Gur.
"Date juice is very tasty and available in the winter. It is used in making several sweet dishes (pithas)", an elderly woman of Char Madhabdia area in Sadar upazila said.
Ershad, an extractor, said, Patali Gur is now selling at Tk 100-Tk 120 per kg in local markets.
Moreover, hawkers move from house to house to sell raw date juice in the morning and earn their livelihood. Some others make Patali Gur and Zola Gur (soft molasses) by boiling date juice and sell those in the local
A source in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said there are nearly 1,05,500 date trees on 200 hectares of land in the district with a production target of 1,500 tonnes of juice this year. A total of 150 tonnes of molasses will be produced from this juice.
There are 15,000 date trees in Boalmari, 14,500  in Nagarkanda, 14,000 in Bhanga, 12,000 in Sadar, and 10,000 each in Alfadanga, Sadarpur, Saltha, Mudhukali, and Char Bhaddrasan upazilas, source said adding that most of the trees are on the roads, rail line, houses, and land boundary areas. The source also said, "On an average 15-20 kg molasses is obtained from each date tree during the season.
The Deputy Director of Faridpur DAE Shankar Kumar Voumik said, "Presently fire woods are not burnt in the brick fields due to a government ban. So the destruction of date trees as fire woods has decreased to a great extent. Therefore, the production of date juice and molasses will increase this year.

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