At the advent of winter, the demand for 'Moya' of Joynagar increases. But
due to thousands of problems the existence of 'Moya' Industry in Joynagar
has faced a serious crisis. Due to want of proper test and scent of original
'Moya' has been decreased. This fact has been straightway expressed by the
producers of 'Moya' of Joynagar and adjoining areas.
The main ingredients of 'Moya' production - are "Kanakchur" paddy, Cheese,
Ghee and 'Nalane' molasses produced from the juice collected from the date-plam.
The main problem is the problem of collection of juice from date-palm by the
"Shouli" (Whose profession is to incise the date-palm in order to obtain its
juice). But in the entire area of Joynagar Block - I & 2 in the villages of
Sreepur, Baharu, Bamangachi, Sahajadapur comprising 22 Gram Panchayets, the
number of date-plam have been decreased considerably in different villages
of these Gram Panchayets. In some cases, the date-plam has been dried up for
cutting the trees again and again to collect the juice. In some cases a
large number of date-plam, not fit for juice collection, have been dried up
by cutting for juice collection. But due to heavy demand for 'Moya' there is
a great complaint by the 'Moya' producers that the "Shoulis" are mixing
sugar with the juice collected from the date-palm. As a result the quality
of 'Nalane' molasses has been decreasing year after year.
This is one problem but the other serious problem is the want of good
quality of "Kanakchur" paddy which is the main ingredient of 'Moya'
preparation. The Blocks of Joynagar are agriculturally based areas. There
are 10 to 12 Canals for water passing like Harka, Tilpi. But due to
non-dredging of those canals for long time past, those canals have lost
their navigability. As a result even due to small quantity of rain during
the rainy season, the agricultural lands are water logged. The effective
result is the heavy damages to the agriculture of 'Kanakchur Paddy'. The
producers of 'Moya' are also complaining that use of heavy insecticides and
manures for more production of "Kanakchur" Paddy, also results in absence of
sweet smell of "Kanakchur" Paddy which ultimately decreases the quality of 'Moya'.
The greatest problem is the appearance of duplicate 'Moya' due to
degradation of quality of 'Original Moya'. During the four months of winter
from November to January, a large number of temporary businessmen without
any Trade or Food Licence, produce a large quality of 'Duplicate Moya' out
1) low priced Marishal fried paddy
2) 'Matta' (Juice) produced from sugar juice mixed some chemicals,
3) Low-priced raw molasses imported from Midnapur, Basirhat etc.
4) Coloured rice Powder. Those duplicate 'Moya' is produced and sold in
large quantity in and around the areas of Joynagar and Baharu and the retail
sellers purchase these type of 'Moya' from the market and sell it in Kolkata
and other areas.
This type of 'Moya' is also produced in some places of Kolkata like Chetla,
Bowbazar, Shyambazar etc. As a result the purchasers are deprived of the
original taste and smell of 'Moya' in one hand and in other hand the
permanent original producer of 'Moya' and businessmen are facing loss to a
great extent. The duplicate 'Moya' is sold in different places of the state
claiming it is as original 'Moya' of Joynagar. The ultimate result is that
old traditional sweetmeat of Joynagar i.e. 'Moya' is losing its good name
Sri Ranjit Ghosh and Bablu Ghosh of Joynagar and Baharu have informed that
even in these bad days of 'Moya' Industry, the permanent businessmen have
not yet formed any Association. There is no unity amongst the original
businessmen. Due to this the problems have become more accute.
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