‘Will save Goa’: Feni business hails govt’s coverage for heritage drink

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The Goa authorities’s Feni Policy 2021 has paved the best way to take the state’s ‘heritage drink’ ahead, the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association (GCFDBA) stated Thursday, noting that it has the potential to “save Goa”, however its problem lies in altering perceptions concerning the drink labeled as nation liquor.

GCFDBA president Gurudatta Bhakta stated, “Just like Mexico has tequila, Russia has vodka, Japan has sake, we want our feni to be available all over the country and abroad.”

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Feni distilleries are normally family-run affairs, and the historical past of the drink goes again to a minimum of 1585. Hansel Vaz, the secretary of the GCFDBA, stated Goans and the state authorities ought to take delight in feni. “To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa. When we plant more cashew trees, we will have more green hills. The beauty of cashew is that you don’t need fertile land,” he stated.

However, Marc Vaz, the founder member of the GCFDBA famous that Indians are likely to look down on nation liquor. “We need to believe in our own assets… Tequila is a country liquor and they (Mexico) proudly flaunt it. Only in India we look down upon it…,” he stated. “Feni is all about swadeshi, it’s all about atmanirbhar, it’s all about Make in India. When my feni goes to America, it’s my way of saying Jai Hind.”

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Goa’s feni coverage, notified within the official gazette on August 19, 2019, lays down the requirements for the manufacturing, strategies, high quality and hygiene for making of feni and lists native terminology like Bhaticar (distiller), Pantlo (cane basket to gather cashew fruit)and Pinjrem (a steel cage like unit to extract juices).

The GCFDBA stated that whereas the GI tag for feni requires the usage of the cashew apples grown in Goa, in future, an modification could also be thought-about to permit the usage of the fruit from states which have the next development as a way to increase the availability of cashew for making the spirit.

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According to the association, there are 26 varieties of feni, and although solely the cashew feni has been GI-tagged, the feni coverage additionally covers coconut feni.

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