Badlapur’s ‘Kala Raghu’ in danger; Ax on popular purple trees due to urbanization; 70% reduction in production

Datta Jadhav, Loksatta

Pune : Tapori, famous for its distinctive taste, the purple of Kalibhor Badlapur is counting the last ingredients. In the last few years, due to increasing urbanization, housing complexes are being axed on purple trees. Due to its size, the total production of this purple, nicknamed ‘Kala Raghu’ in the market, has come down by about 70 per cent.

There were large number of purple trees in Sonivali, Eranjad, Karav, Done, Boradpada, Mulgaon, Barvi dam in Badlapur area. Purple was bought from Katkari and Thakar tribes and brought to Mumbai and Thane for sale. Halvi (Halwa) and Garvi (Garva) are two famous local breeds. Purple has been hit hard by increasing urbanization over the years. As the number of housing units increases, trees are being cut down. Therefore, this purple and purple market in Badlapur is now counting the last factor. According to the Thane Agriculture Officer’s Office, the production of purple from the original Badlapur is declining day by day.

There are purple trees in about 16 villages in Badlapur area. The number of trees is declining rapidly. Most of the trees are in forest soil. Planting of trees will be accelerated after getting GI rating. Local nursery operators have been instructed to collect seeds and prepare seedlings.

Vitthal Vetal, Taluka Agriculture Officer, Ulhasnagar

Due to various reasons, the production of Badlapur purple has decreased by 70%. If the Geographical Indication (GI) rating is obtained, the conservation of purple will be of great help. The ratings process is underway and ratings will be available soon.

Add. Ganesh Hingmire, GI expert

Sale of other purple ..

The purple of genuine Badlapur, now known as Kala Raghu, has disappeared from the markets in Mumbai and Thane. Purple from Vasai, Palghar and other places including Gujarat is being sold under the name of Badlapur Purple.

Only thirteen hundred trees left.

There are about thirteen hundred trees in twenty villages in Badlapur area. They are being nurtured. For new planting, Thane District Superintendent of Agriculture is getting financial help and other assistance. However, if this is not easy, it may be difficult to see the purple in the near future.

Efforts for conservation ..

The Purple Conservation and Community Development Trust is making efforts for the conservation of Purple in Badlapur. Aditya Gole, head of the institute, said, “The institute is also active in the process of GI certification. The Forest Department has given permission for planting new purple seedlings in its space. Efforts are being made to involve local tribals in conservation work. “This purple culture needs processing industries. However, it is difficult to start a processing industry due to insufficient supply of purple, said Dashrath Gholap, District Coordinator, Thane District Prime Minister’s Micro Food Processing Scheme.

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