Feni to be notified as Goa’s heritage drink: CM

Panaji, March 16 (IANS) Feni, a traditional alcoholic drink distilled from the fermented juice of cashew apples, will be notified as the state heritage drink of Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Wednesday.

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In his budget speech in the legislative assembly, Parsekar said the BJP-led coalition government was in the process of formulating a policy for feni.

“Feni is unique to Goa and is the first alcoholic drink to obtain a GI (Geographical Indication). I propose to notify feni as a state heritage drink,” he said.

Feni is distilled from fermented juice extracted from the cashew apple and is a popular alcoholic beverage in Goa. A similar process is also used to distill coconut feni from palm toddy.

“We are also in the process of formulating a feni policy, providing marketing support, price control, while also exempting VAT (Value Added Tax) for certain categories of cashew and coconut palm feni,” Parsekar said.

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