Assam District Gazetteers Volume 3 by B.C. Allen

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Assam District Gazetteers Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...and, though it is does not yield so much juice as some of the other kinds, the quality of the molasses is very good. The red and white varieties of Bombay are tall and juicy, but the percentage of molasses obtained from a given quantity of juice is rather small. The land is hoed up till it is reduced to a fine tilth, and the tops planted in trenches between April and June. The patch is fenced with split bamboo, and there is usually a stout hedge of arhar dal (cajanu s mdieus); but constant watching is required to scare away jackals and other animals, and an empty oil tin with a clapper is generally to be seen suspended over each field. While the crop is growing it is continually hoed and weeded, and about August the leaves should be tied up round each cluster of canes, which is a troublesome proceeding. The earth from the ridges is heaped about the roots to strengthen their hold upon the soil, and this process is continued until the relative positions of the ridge and trench are reversed, and the canes stand upon ridges with the trenches in between. The iron sugarcane mill has now almost entirely dis-Preparation of Uoimsm. placed the home made mill of wood. When twelve or fifteen gallons of juice have been collected boiling begins. The furnace is hollowed out of the ground, and generally has two circular openings to receive the cauldrons, which are made of the most durable kinds of potters clay. When the juice has been reduced to the proper condition it is ladled into a wooden vessel and stirred for half an hour. As the stirring continues the liquid loses its dark brown colour, and assumes the consistency and hue of yellow mud. Sugar is extracted from molasses by the following process. The molasses are placed in a bamboo basket on a...

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