Ghari becomes more expensive, thanks to rising prices for dried fruits

The people of Surat will have to spend an additional Rs 40 per kilogram on ghari during the Chandi Padva festival this year, as the prices of dried fruits, a key ingredient in candy, have increased.

A special celebration in Surat, Chandi Padva falls a day after Sharad Purnima and takes place on Wednesday this year. It is an open-air festival where local residents would go to Dumas and Ubharat beaches at sunset to have ghari and bhusu (a mixture of namkeen) with their families and enjoy the full moon. However, last year the beaches were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and crowds had to be contained.

Therefore, the people of Surat are gearing up to spend more and celebrate this year, with people lining up outside candy stores on Tuesday.

One of the specialties of the festival is ghari, a candy made from mava, dried fruits, sugar and fried in ghee and then dipped in ghee to give it a white layer. Surtis also eat bhoosa with ghari.

Sumul Dairy, known as Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Ltd, is one of the stores that sell ghari for Chandi Padva. Sumul only makes badam ghari kesar and is the cheapest among other candy vendors in town. It is priced at Rs 600 per kilo. In addition, they also sell sugar-free ghari which costs Rs 760 per kilogram.

“Our prices are low because then we can cover all layers of society. For the past three years, our sales have been around 80 tonnes and this year, we have crossed 85 tonnes, a record. Last year the price of a kilogram of ghari was 560 rupees and this year we have increased the price to 600 rupees per kilogram because the dried fruit tariffs hit the ceiling, ”said Manish Bhatt, Marketing Director by Sumul Dairy.

“Last year we sold 80 tonnes of ghari and this year we have sold 85 tonnes so far. We hope to reach 100 tonnes in the next few days. While in the sugar-free ghari segment we sold around 1.5 tonnes last year, this year’s sales have already reached five tonnes. We hope to sell between six and seven tonnes. Sumul gharis are sold in 600 points of sale of Sumul milk distributors and salons in Surat and Tapi districts, ”he said.

With the return to normal after the pandemic, Surat confectionery has started to prepare for the Chandi Padva festival and is expecting good business, keeping the mood of the public in mind, said Vishal Halvawala, owner of Thakore Mithaiwala confectionery. The shop is over a century old.

“Currently, six different types of gharis are sold in our stores. Mava costs Rs 680 per kilogram, Pista is Rs 720 per kg and kesar-badam-pista costs around Rs 760 per kg. To attract the younger generations, we have developed the chocolate ghari which costs Rs 700 per kg and the gold flaky ghari which costs Rs 7,200 per kilogram. This year we are selling a single piece of gold layered ghari which costs 450 rupees a piece, so that the common man can also buy and taste it, ”he added.

“We did good business in 2019. But last year, due to the Covid situation, we expected 50% business. Somehow we hit 75 percent. This year we expect 100% business again, ”added Vishal without disclosing his sales figures.
The store also exports Ghari to the United States, Canada, Dubai and London. The store receives the largest number of foreign customers from the United States.

Gujarat: Harsh Sanghavi stops convoy after woman “jumped into river”

Gujarat Minister of State for the Interior, Harsh Sanghavi, stopped his convoy on Saturday when he saw a crowd after a woman allegedly jumped into the Tapi River from Sadar Bridge.

The minister got out of his vehicle and made sure that a rescue team went to the scene immediately. They transported the woman to BAPS hospital in Adajan region, where doctors declared her dead.

Speaking to the Indian Express, Sanghavi said, “I was on my way from the Athwalines area to Adajan and was crossing the Sardar Bridge over the Tapi River when I learned of the incident. I’m sad that I couldn’t save this woman’s life… It’s my job to help people.

Adajan Police Chief Chimanbhai Patel said, “We are trying to find the identity of the woman. She appears to be a resident of the neighborhood, around 35 years old. We sent the body to New Civil Hospital for an autopsy. “

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Surat textile industry: Meeting inconclusive, no decision on closing factories

A few days after the owners of the dyeing and printing plants in Surat proposed to close their units from November 1 due to the coal shortage and rising production costs, a joint meeting between the three associations textile industry held Monday to discuss the matter remained inconclusive.

The meeting, which took place at the office of the South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was attended by the president of the Federation of Gujarat Weavers Association (FOGWA) Ashok Jirawala, the chairman of Southern Gujarat Textile Processing Association (SGTPA) Jitubhai Vakhariya, Surat Textile Traders Federation. The president of the Association (FOSTTA) Manoj Agrawal and its former president Devkishan Mankani, among others.

At a SGTPA meeting on October 8, the owners of the plant suggested to keep units closed for a month due to the rising prices of colors, chemicals and the fuel crisis due to the coal shortage.

FOSTTA chairman Manoj Agrawal said they opposed the proposal to keep the factories closed for a month as it would affect the textile trade industry.

“For the past two months, textile factories had increased prices to Rs 2.50 per meter. We understand that the rise in the prices of coal and chemicals has led to an increase in printing costs, but every now and then they raise the prices…. We proposed to the SGTPA to fix the prices in accordance with the tariffs applicable on the day of delivery of the gray fabrics by the traders to the textile factories. But they rejected it, ”he told The Indian Express.

However, SGTPA chairman Vakhariya said the factories are suffering heavy losses. “For a month and a half, the prices of coal and chemicals have increased. We are also facing a shortage of coal supply… The prices of colors, chemicals and coals fluctuate at different times and depending on their availability, they are not uniform. Chemical factories also raise prices three times a week. “

SGTPA has yet to call for factories to close, and Vakhariya said it has called a general assembly of its members after October 20, at which the final decision will be made.

FOGWA President Ashok Jirawala said, “We understand the situation of the textile factories… They (the textile factories) can keep the factories closed for two days a week and continue production. There are 7.50 lakh mechanical weaving machines in Surat, which house more than 4 lakh workers. There are about 4 lakh workers who work in the 65,000 textile stores and shops, and about 3 lakh workers in the textile factories. If a segment of this chain is closed, the remaining segment will be automatically assigned… ”

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Surat industry in crisis: Shortage of coal, rising costs could force textile units to close for a month

The fuel crisis resulting from the coal shortage has caused the cost of color and chemicals to rise, forcing several factory owners in Surat to suggest that they will keep the dyeing and printing plants closed for the entire period. month of november.

The industry faced a similar slowdown when migrant workers employed in these processing units returned to their home countries during the Covid-19 lockdown last year.

South Gujarat Textile Processing Association (SGTPA) President Jitubhai Vakhariya said, “In a meeting on October 8, the factory owners suggested keeping the factories closed for a month, due to the rising prices for colors, chemicals and charcoal. . Textile traders do not agree to increase the costs of dyeing and printing. We called another meeting on October 20 to discuss the matter and make a decision. “

Weavers sell gray fabrics to textile traders who then send them to factories for dyeing, printing and finishing. The boilers in the dyeing and printing units produce steam using coal, the majority of which is imported.

However, a shortage of charcoal led to a threefold increase in the prices of color chemicals, as a result of which the owners of the textile factories organized a meeting with the SGTPA and demanded to maintain the dyeing and dyeing factories. printing closed for one month from November 1st.

Sanjay Saraogi, owner of Laxmipati Industry Group, said: “Coal imported from Indonesia is mainly used by Surat industry as lignite coal. About two weeks ago, the price of imported coal was Rs 4,000-5,000 per tonne and now it is Rs 14,000 to 15,000 per tonne. Typically around 30-35 tonnes of coal is used in the textile industry per day to generate steam.

“The lignite coal produced in Surat and Bharuch is also used in textile factories, but its efficiency in generating steam is lower and can only be used as a substitute. Even the price of lignite coal, which was available at Rs 5,000 per tonne, has increased to Rs 12,000. Lignite coal is also insufficient and we are going through a difficult period, ”he added.

Noting that industries were also facing a shortage of dyes and chemicals, some of which are imported from China, Saraogi said local traders who stored them raised prices. “For example, the price of Hydro, which was available at Rs 60 per kilogram, has increased to Rs 200, while that of formic acid has gone from Rs 32 per kilo to Rs 150 per kilo. If we increase print rates, we will lose business, ”he said.

Another factory owner, Pramod Chaudhary, said: “If we keep the factories running, we will face huge losses every day. While the majority of factories operate with labor donated by textile traders, a few of them buy gray fabrics from weavers and process them for sale in their own shops or textile markets. If we keep the factories closed, we will have to spend a huge amount of money to restart because the machines get stuck… We also fear that this will force migrant workers to return to their countries of origin.

There are over 350 dyeing and printing factories which house more than five lakhs of migrant workers from states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha, Andra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh .

“This would be the first time that textile factories may have to be closed due to the fuel crisis. We suggest that instead of keeping them closed for a month, they should cut back on production and keep factories closed for two days a week. It would help both owners and workers. There are several workers who work with a daily wage and if the mills remain closed for a month, it would be difficult for them to survive, ”Saraogi added.