Hyderabad: Sugarcane growers in flood-hit areas of Mirpur Khas and parts of Tharparkar and Umerkot districts have no interest in setting up their own gard (gar) manufacturing units or their damaged products. Sell to free carrot makers
Hajan Leghari, a farmer from Kandri Leghari village near Jhudo town, says that for the first time, many people have set up a large number of gargoyling units on the main road from Mirpurkhas to Nokot and Mithi, where they use sugarcane to make the goods Do shopping .
Instead of wasting time to supply to the mills, farmers prefer to supply their flood-damaged sugarcane factories.
The 2020 floods inundated a wide area of crops, including standing sugarcane.
These farmers used to supply sugarcane to the mills, but this year they are skeptical about the flooded product, believing that the mills may reject the crop or pay a lower price.
Therefore, they preferred to sell the products to the gar makers due to their high demand.
Gul Mohammad Leghari, another farmer from Mandhari village near Jhudo town, who has set up a gar unit with other farmers at the famous Gul Mori stop on Mithi-Nokot Road, said he was in wholesale to continue work till March. Buying sugarcane because they can’t afford it. Be able to operate this unit in hot weather.
“We buy sugarcane at reasonable prices to make jag, which is in demand locally,” Leghari said. He added that this year too, farmers have been reluctant to supply sugarcane to mills due to flood-affected products.
He said that his family has been cultivating sugarcane for a long time instead of supplying their crop to the mills, but due to continuous shortage of water, the last farmers of Dum are abandoning this tradition.
Water problems have disrupted their traditional gar-building business 15-16 years ago. With this in mind, they set up new ghar units near sugarcane growing areas to revive the traditional business as they can buy sugarcane there at reasonable prices.
Earlier they used oxen to crush the stick to extract the juice, now the makers use the machines for the same purpose.
Gore manufacturing units are located in open fields, providing traders with easy access to fresh produce. Many people have set up temporary roadside stalls to sell their products.
You can see the queues of alls buyers’ vehicles to buy fresh gar near these units and stalls. Some people prefer to buy cooked juice to make other products at home.
These gore makers can make 7-8 kg of gourd from one wheat and sell it at 1110-150 / kg depending on the area and quality.
Due to the monopoly of sugar mills, many frustrated sugarcane producers have turned to other crops such as wheat, cotton and vegetables, which pay lower rates to sugarcane producers and delay payments.
That is why many people have set up their own units where small scale sugarcane producers find it easier to supply their products instead of going to mills.
Ghulam Hussain Khashili, a small-scale farmer in Nokot, said many families previously had these artificial units to keep their produce for purposeful use. But now the uncertainty in the irrigation water system has disrupted the old culture, leaving the farmers helpless.
Nowshera is a famous Gore Mandi in Sindh in Mehrabpur town of Feroze district. Because there are a large number of local guru manufacturing units in the neighborhood. They supply products all over the country.
But now people are keeping a close eye on the changing scenario and saying that at present Mirpur Khas district has also become a prosperous market of Garh, as its demand is increasing day by day.
Other areas of Garh production include Khairpur, Nawabshah, parts of Sanghar and other sugarcane producing districts where farmers are using this product effectively.
Due to the government’s lack of confidence in ensuring fixed prices and timely payment against the product, the majority of small-scale farmers prefer to supply their products to gourd manufacturers rather than sugar mills.
Most are aware of the ongoing dispute between sugarcane growers and sugar mills over timely payment of sugarcane production rates and scheduling of the crushing season. That is why farmers avoid this problem and hate to maintain balance for a long time.
In addition to the food processing industry for confectionery products, many restaurants and local tea stalls also use gore for their customers due to increasing demand.
Elderly people still advise their successors to eat small pieces of gore after every meal, and to maintain good health. Understand well Despite the growing demand for Gore, sugarcane growers are not paying any attention to this emerging industry, believing that the existing Gore units do not have the capacity to produce more.
Thus, they seem reluctant to supply their produce to these units and say that only mills have the capacity to buy their entire production.