Alipurduar: A self-help group of Falakata block in Alipurduar district is soon going to exporting brinjal pickle to Bhutan. The pickle is very popular in the district.
The group, Maha Maya is made up of 20 housewives from Raichanga village. It started producing the innovative brinjal pickle two years ago.
Alipurduar District Regulated Market Committee, an apex body of the Bengal Government in the district that controls marketing, is facilitating the export.
Maha Maya sells the pickle through the State Government-owned Sufal Bangla stalls in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri districts. The wholesale price of the pickle varies from Rs 100 to 200 per kilogram. It is bottled in 250 gram to 1 kilogram containers.
The pickle is made using a species of small brinjal called ‘solte begun’ in Bengali. It is more suitable than bigger brinjals because it has a harder flesh.
Self-help groups, run by and composed entirely of women, promoted actively by the Trinamool Congress Government, have brought a sea-change to the lives of rural women.
This is a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to bring empowerment for rural women. SHGs have enabled lakhs of homemakers across Bengal to become self-sufficient.