Chittoor: Heavy rainfall caused due to deep depression in the Bay of Bengal in Rayalaseema has impacted jaggery production.
The jaggery units in the region had to halt their operations for more than three weeks and the bundles of sugarcane were lying unused outside their units.
Every day around 150 metric tonnes of jaggery is transported from market yards in Chittoor district but the rainfall has affected the jaggery production business. The jaggery production requires a sunny climate as dry sugarcane bagasse is used as fuel in the jaggery units’ hearths.
According to the news report published in newindianexpress.com, sugarcane, grown over 13,000 hectares in the district, is the second major crop after groundnut. More than 1.50 lakh tonnes of sugarcane has been supplied for manufacturing jaggery and the manufacturers have produced 15,000 tonnes of jaggery.
The production of jaggery has dropped due to heavy rainfall in the region. The sugarcane stocks stored at the jaggery units have been damaged due to rainfall.