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Jaggery traders make a killing

February 13, 2014 11:09 am | Updated May 18, 2016 07:53 am IST - KARIMNAGAR:

Jaggery sold like hot cakes in Karimnagar town for Samakka-Sarakka jatara on Wednesday. Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh

Jaggery sold like hot cakes in Karimnagar town for Samakka-Sarakka jatara on Wednesday. Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh

The beginning of the biennial Samakka-Sarakka jatara in neighbouring Warangal district’s Medaram village, and parallel mini-jataras in Karimnagar district from Wednesday, demand for jaggery, the main offering to the deity, has risen phenomenally, and so have their prices.

While sales rose from 100 tonnes a day at the start of the month to 200 tonnes, on Wednesday the prices more than doubled from Rs.26 to Rs.70 a kilogram at Karimnagar’s Gunj business area.

As it is a tradition for devotees at the Samakka-Sarakka jatara to offer jaggery in quantities equal to their weight as thulabaram , they were forced to shell out huge amount.

According to tradition, a portion of the jaggery is placed at the altar, and the remainder is later distributed to relatives, friends and others as prasadam .

Asked about the shortage of the jaggery and escalation of the price, a trader said that they had not anticipated such demand.

“Whatever stocks we bought have been sold and we are not hoarding any stocks,” a trader said.

Due to shortage of stocks on Wednesday, some shops had increased prices, adding that they would stabilise from Thursday with the arrival of fresh stocks.

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