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I am 74 years mechanical engineer influenced by Gandhiji's thinking since 55 years and working for rural development to increase rural wealth through home scale and village scale industries. I am very much distressed to see dangerous disparity in our country i.e. only a handful of people having captured most of the wealth of the country and millions of masses remaining hand to mouth. I have also observed that our rural people have inner spirit of our culture which has inherent capabilities to surpass to so called westernized urban people. So I am very much optimistic that rural India is ...


Since many years, I believe that our business earning should be moral. It should be beneficial to the society and to the humanity. Our business should not damage and exploit the humanity. It should not disturb the life of common people. It should enrich the life of common people. It is now established fact that sugar is harmful to health. As wine and whisky are harmful to health and so we should not produce it, similarly we should not produce sugar. It is now accepted fact that it creates diabetes. So any person who has care for morality should not ...


Cement industry in India is highly centralized capital intensive industry with giant plants with one million tonne per annum capacity of each plant. Such 97 cement plants producing 97 million tonnes of cement are owned by 47 families only. Each such giant plant requires investment of Rs 900 crores of rupees. Entire cement industry is highly exploitative draining the wealth of 5 lakh crores of rupees annually from common masses to handful of super rich families. Government is playing crucial role in exploiting common masses and in protecting and promoting such giant plants by imposing huge taxes up to Rs ...


You have taken interest in jaggery plant, particularly steam powered jaggery plant so that sugarcane crusher will be driven by steam engine and you will not require any diesel engine or electric motor. Evidently this scheme is highly beneficial to jaggery plant owners, because very expensive diesel consumption worth thousands of dollars will be saved. Total benefit of 10 years will go to very high savings. Against this benefit, you have to purchase one steam engine of 20 HP from me one waste heat boiler. So far hundreds of farmers and entrepreneurs have approached to me for steam powered jaggery ...


  1. To make best quality jaggery (GUR), soil condition should have 7 PH. If PH is less, soil can be reclaimed and improved by adding gypsum in the soil.  Soil should be a little granular so that water may be drained to avoid water logging.  It should not be salty and sour.
  2. Soft and straight sugarcane having less fiber content gives better quality jaggery. Fast maturing sugarcane gives better quality jaggery. Big sugar factories invariably have laboratory which can measure all the ingredients. So laboratory chemist should be contacted to get better knowledge and information. Difference in recovery in freshly harvested and crushed sugarcane and after one day crushing can be measured in laboratory.
  3. After harvesting the sugarcane, it should be protected from sunshine. Harvested sugarcane remaining under sunshine gives less recovery of juice. So freshly harvested sugarcane must be crushed at the earliest possible. If you crush after 24 hours or 48 hours, recovery will be less and quality of jaggery will deteriorate. To protect from sunshine, harvested sugarcane should be under the temporary shed or it should be covered by tarpaulin. If severe sunshine is there, water should be sprinkled on the sugarcane heap.
  4. Quality of the jaggery mainly depends on juice clarification.If juice is  properly clarified quality of the jaggery will be light color , granular, hard and more nutritious. It  can not absorb moisture. So in the summer, such a jaggery will not become soft, pasty and liquid.
  5. All types of jaggery chemicals available in the market make the jaggery attractive for a short time. But the process of spoiling the quality will be accelerated. So on the whole, it is harmful for farmers and also harmful to health. Those who want to store jaggery  for 2 -3 months, the jaggery with chemicals will deteriorate in quality and hence with fetch less price to farmers. So avoid chemicals.   Using lime is not harmful.  So it can be used in proper quantity. If you use less lime so that PH remains less than 7, then jaggery becomes soft and sometime pasty. And if you use more lime so that PH is more than 7, jaggery becomes too hard and black. So every farmer must learn how to measure PH. It is not expensive at all. If PH is maintained at 7 correctly, jaggery will not melt in summer to make its black slurry.
  6. Government of India has established Jaggery Research Institute in Kolhapur. Their research says that if jaggery is boiled up to 118 degree C, jaggery becomes of best quality granular and crystalline. Generally farmers boil the jaggery up to 108 degree C. Then they cool it in cooling pan. This is wrong. It should be boiled up to 118 Degree C so that moisture content will be reduced after cooling the jaggery. To measure the temperature of 118 degree C., electronic digital temperature indicator is available in the market which may cost about Rs.500/-. It works on a small battery. It displays figures of temperature directly.
  7. To make the granular powder of the jaggery, it should be boiled up to 118 degree C. and then it should be cooled very fast by industrial fans. You can also use  cooling pan of iron sheet jacketed at the bottom and pass cool water underneath. So jaggery will be cooled very fast. You can use both the system at a time. Granular jaggery can be used everywhere, where sugar is used. So it is a better  alternative of sugar. So it fetches very high price. So every clever farmer should learn how to make granular jaggery. For uniform size of granules, it should be sieved. You can see many youtube videos on internet  for production of granular jaggery.  Please note that as poisonous  sulpher is used in sugar making, millions of people are searching for alternative of  sugar. So granular jaggery powder is the real alternative of sugar.
  8. There is wide spread experience that jaggery stored in monsoon time becomes slack and black liquid starts flowing from it. To avoid this, moisture content in jaggery must be less than 6 %. The building in which jaggery is stored should get dry air. If it does not get air, jaggery spoils. Moisture content measuring instruments are also available in the market. When jaggery is boiled and cooled, moisture content is 10 to 12%. In a few days jaggery is further dried by atmosphere and moisture content should be reduced by 6 %. It means that weight of the jaggery should be reduced proportionately by 6 %.
  9. If you want to pack the jaggery in a metal or plastic container, then it is essential that before packing moisture content must be less than 6%. Otherwise it will be spoiled. The best packing is not to have any packing and solid shape round cone or rectangular shape will be better because it will get air from all around to reduce the moisture content. If packed in a container, it will not get air and it may spoil. If packing is porous with many holes all around to get air, it will be ideal.
  10. If jaggery is stored in a warehouse, it should be ensured that it may not attract moisture from floor or from walls. 


Steam power plant is blessing to sugarcane farmers where electricity is not available and diesel is costly. If you purchase our steam engine and boiler, no diesel engine or no electric motor is required for jaggery - gur - pamela - making. So daily you save expense of 30 to 40 lit of diesel which is your additional profit. Please read below:


Dear Jaggery producers, Jaggery production is the sacred activity. Every person eating jaggery gets satisfaction . Jaggery is very much nutritious for human body. Gandhiji has asserted that every person should get 30 to 40 grams of jaggery. So jaggery is primary requirement of every person. To satisfy this primary requirement of the society is really pious activity. It is your good luck that you are involved in this pious activity. One can earn PUNYA by doing any activity beneficial to society with high sense of service and with dedication. And one can earn PAAP by doing any activity deliberately ...


Now more sophisticated totally enclosed and hygienic stainless steel 3 roller crushers working on 1/2 hp electric motor have come in to market in which no fly or bee can touch to juice. So fully protected. These crushers are highly efficient not to require second crushing. Only one pass is enough to extract 63 to 65% juice recovery. Crushing capacity is 120 kg of sugarcane per hour i.e. per hour 300 glasses of juice 250 ml each.