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It is not only the rising prices of petrol and diesel that are bothering the common man goa

The heritage brew of the state, phenic, has also become more expensive for the average Goan, rising from Rs 4,000 per can (35 litres) to Rs 7,000 to 8,000. As a result, stakeholders have expressed fears that some miscreants might start making fake versions of the popular drink.

Feni, the coastal state’s most popular drink, was designated as the state drink by the government of Goa in 2016.

Cashew feni is also the country’s first indigenous drink to Geographical indication tag, a process initiated in 2009 by the local manufacturers of the brew.

According to feni producers, an unprecedented drop in cashew production in Goa has in turn impacted the production of cashew feni.

“We expected the price of cashew feni to increase by 20 to 30 percent. But to our surprise, it has almost doubled compared to last year’s rate. Now the feni producers are charging Rs 7,000 to 8,000 for a single can of 35 litres. This amount will remain constant until the next production is completed,” Shailesh Naik, a retailer, told IANS.

The increased speed has also fueled fears of fake versions of the traditional brew, which is one of the cheapest drinks in Goa.

‘Urrak’ is obtained from the single distillation process while the drink, once double distilled, is called feni.

Urrak, a seasonal alcoholic beverage, is consumed with lime juice. However, feni is mixed with spices such as cloves, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon to make another variation called ‘masala feni’.

In conversation with IANS, Mac Vazfounder-chairman of Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Associationsaid the price hike is due to poor crop yields caused by the unusually erratic rains.

“But the main concern is not the increased price of feni. We fear that some stakeholders are trying to fill the gap by making fake versions of the drink,” says Vaz, who is also an exporter and bottler of the popular brand feni. ‘Big boss’.

He also said the increased rate will affect the feni industry.

Abhay Khedekar, a feni manufacturer, said the prices have risen because the production of feni has been less.

“Feni is in high demand from local retailers,” he said.

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