Punjab

Indigenous Rose Squash of Hoshiarpur makes waves in Parliament & Global platforms

October 03, 2017 09:51 PM

Hoshiarpur, 3rd October 2017 - The indigenously manufactured 'Rose Squash' of Hoshiarpur is making waves in the parliament of the country as well as at the global platforms. The Rose Squash (Gulab Sharbat) is being manufactured courtesy the Sandhya self-help group of village Maili in block Mahilpur of the district. Recently, a demand was placed by the parliament of the country for 542 bottles. Not only is this, but the demands regarding Rose Squash are also pouring in from USA, Canada, and Kuwait.

  • Sandhya Self Help group symbolises women empowerment: Vipul Ujwal

  • Group proving to be a boon in making women self dependent  

 Disclosing this, the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Vipul Ujwal said that the stupendous effort by the 14 women belonging to the 'Sandhya Self Help Group' has proved to be a symbol of women empowerment. He also said that this great enterprise is a proof of the untiring efforts of these women who have made their presence felt at the international level too. Divulging more, the Deputy Commissioner said that while on one hand, these women are strengthening the economic condition of their families, on the other they are also contributing a great deal towards the economy of the country. He also elaborated that such entrepreneurial efforts are coming in handy to make agriculture a profitable venture which makes it all the more important for the youth interested in agriculture besides women to come forward to adopt such modern practices. He further said that the Government provides a special training for opening self help groups apart from loans to start such businesses.

 Mr. Vipul Ujwal also added that those interesting in staring the self help groups can contact the Agriculture Department of their respective districts which provides specialised training and know how regarding various trades.

Disclosing more, Vinod Kumari of village Maili, who played a leading role in the staring of Sandhya Self Help Group, said that the group has worked wonders for all the women of the group including herself to be able to stand on their own. She also added that the group also organizes an exhibition of its products in the various kisan melas with the assistance of the district administration which also accords every possible help in times of need. Divulging more, she said that she started the group in 2005 in village Maili itself with 13 women of the village and the group is engaged in the manufacturing of every variety of pickles, jelly, chutney, squash, honey, maize flour and pulses. She said that initially, they manufactured only pickles, jellies but the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana encouraged them to make squash and 'Gulkand' by growing indigenous rose and even provided training for the same.

Elaborating further, she said that with the help and supervision of Dr. R.K. Dubey, they sowed the indigenous variety of rose in 2014 in village itself and reaped the harvest of rose flower and prepared rose squash and gulkand from it. This venture proved so successful that demands were made by the parliament regarding 542 bottles in 2017. She also divulged that they started this venture with a small saving of Rs. 10000 but due to the overwhelming response of the people, they expanded their activities with a loan of Rs. 10 lakh in the year 2013.

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