RAJSHAHI: Date juice appeared as blessing for many people here during winter season as it changes lots of juice collectors by making them solvent, bringing smiles on their faces.
With the advent of winter, a large number of date juice extractors begin collecting delicious juice from the date trees this year. They are earning money by selling date juice and molasses, reports BSS.Date juice and molasses are one of the best delicious food items in winter. So, many people cultivate date trees commercially. There are many date trees in the fields and roadsides in the region including its vast Barind tract. Local villagers said three upazilas like Charghat, Bagha and Puthiya in the district are famous for date-molasses.
Every winter, gachhis (date juice extractors) collect date juice, condense the juice by heating it and make date jaggery. Later, they sell the jaggery in Baneswar haat (weekly market) located on the premises of Baneswar union land office and Jholmolia haat in Rajshahi.
Some molasses markets like Baneshwar, Puthia, Jhalmalia, Charghat and Bagha are very famous in the region. Scores of people are engaged in molasses business. Abdur Rashid, 48, an extractor of Salua village under Charghat Upazila, said he has 210 trees on six and a half bigha land and earns around Taka two lakh every year.
A date tree gives juice, cooking materials, molasses and other products, he said. He said molasses produced by the farmers in the three upazilas are being exported to many foreign countries escalating the rural economy.