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24 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 January, 2020 01:08:46 AM
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Steps needed to increase date juice production

It is encouraging that date juice extraction along with its follow-up business including processing has become a boon for many people as they are dependent on it for long in terms of improving their living and livelihood condition in Rajshahi region. Sweet date juice is one of the delicacies of the winter season.

From time immemorial date juice has been considered as a very tasty and mouth-watering food item. This traditional juice had once occupied an important position in the age-old Bengali culture. Payes (sweetened rice) made of newly harvested rice and date molasses used to delight the newly married couples, particularly the bridegrooms.

With the advent of winter, a large number of date juice extractors would extract delicious juice from the date trees. The extractors would pass busy time in extracting the juice. But gone are those days. Nowadays it is very difficult to get pure date juice. And same is the case with pure date molasses. The date molasses that are available in markets in winter are adulterated. Intake of the same may be injurious to health.

The juice with its earthy and sweet botanic taste is widely loved. The taste of wild date palm syrup of a winter's morning is heavenly. Winter is worthless without palm syrup and goor cakes.

Unfortunately, for future generations the sweet delights of the wild date palm might not be such a quintessential marker of winter. Date trees are declining in number and few people are interested in taking up date syrup harvesting as a profession now.

The number of date trees has also decreased. With the rapid population growth consumption of date molasses has increased manifold but production of the same has not increased proportionately. Hence adulteration of date juice and molasses is rampant. Efforts should be made to save date palm trees. The date palm festival can also be arranged to generate enthusiasm.

Date trees have significant economic, cultural and ecological values. It is the responsibility of the relevant authorities, particularly the ministry of agriculture, to increase number of date trees to boost juice production. Creation of awareness is needed. Campaign for date tree plantation can help much in this regard. At the same time adulteration of date juice and molasses should be resisted.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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