May 22, 2019

Muzaffarnagar district (in Uttar Pradesh) is hosting a first-of-its-kind Gur Mahotsav (jaggery festival) at the end of this month.


  • Muzaffarnagar is arguably the biggest mandi (marketplace) of gur in Asia. Here the farmers produce around 60 varieties of it. 

  • Duration: The three-day festival is scheduled to begin on May 30. 

  • Objective: 
    • It promises to bring together different stakeholders involved in the research, production and marketing of jaggery. 

    • It will focus on issues such as packaging and marketing of jaggery and sugarcane juice, more efficient prototypes of crushers and ways to increase the production of organic gur. 

    • The festival aims to address gur versus sugar debate. Gur has medicinal properties and some feel that using gur in tea is healthier than adding sugar. 

  • Parent programme: The event is being organised under the Uttar Pradesh government’s ‘one district, one product’ scheme, in partnership with private players. 

Source : The Hindu