In India and some other countries, Jaggery is used in many preparations. There is traditional, ritual and medicinal value for jaggery. It also supports rural economy in UP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, etc. whete it is extensively cultivated. People depend on sugarcane for livelihood, value added jaggery is prepared in household industry and sold to local market and from there it goes to the places of demand. Read my article on Jaggery here: Jaggery – A Natural Sweetener With Health Benefits.