Hydr and his team offer a clear vision of what ‘resettling’  means, how it includes re-engineering, restoring, destabilizing and re-skilling, for the villagers to be self-sustaining, in tune with their indigenous cultures.   One of the enterprises we filmed was the production of gur, an unrefined brown sugar produced from sugar cane.  We ate big chunks of it–absolutely delicious.

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The cane stalks are fed between the blades of a wringer to yield a clear syrup that is collected in drums and poured into a boiling vat, combined with nuts and caramelized into the gur which is later packaged for market. into small, bright red cloth bags (sewn by the village women) Although the farming and production of the sugar cane follows ancient practices, this is the first time it is being branded for selling to a larger world.  More about gur on the RTI site.

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Other enterprises include eggs, flour and honey.  The honey comes from Waziristan, Punjab and Sind provinces, some from herbs and wild flowers, some from date palms, each of them quite different in appearance and taste, all pure (“from hive to bottle”) and beautifully packaged.  See more at the RTI facebook page.

Climbing palms for date honey

Climbing palms for date honey

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