Fall in Marayoor jaggery price to affect farmers
Marayoor: The fall in Marayoor jaggery price in the Onam market will affect sugarcane farmers.
According to the farmers, the jaggery imported from Tamil Nadu is challenging the sale of locally produced jaggery. They alleged that jaggery from Tamil Nadu is being sold in the market as Marayoor jaggery.
Jaggery costs below Rs 3300 for 60 kg in the market while it was priced at Rs.3600 to Rs 3900 during the previous season.
With the implementation of GST, the Centre has exempted jaggery from tax. Due to this, low-quality jaggery from Tamil Nadu is being imported to Kerala. It has been alleged that this jaggery contains salt content and is sold out in the market as Marayoor jaggery.
Earlier, jaggery imported from Tamil Nadu was moulded jaggery. But since the last three years, jaggery is being imported as balls like Marayoor jaggery.
Farmers alleged that customers are cheated with such fake jaggeries by some vendors though no fraudulence is reported at Marayoor.
Deficient rainfall in Marayoor region had affected the sugarcane cultivation. Production falls into one fourth in this season. So, the production cost of jaggery also increased. The low price in Onam season is disturbing the farmers in Kerala.