Black salt rice will show its fragrance and taste in Singapore, exports will start from March - Newztezz Online


Monday, February 22, 2021

Black salt rice will show its fragrance and taste in Singapore, exports will start from March

Unmatched black rice in taste and fragrance will now spread in Singapore. 
The first consignment of 20 tons of Kalanamak, considered to be the offerings of Lord Buddha, will go to Singapore in March. This rice, branded as 'Budha Rice', is being offered in Buddhist countries as a rice donated to the monks by Lord Buddha.

This is the reason why the saying of Mahatma Buddha on the packing of this rice, 'The distinctive smell of this rice will always remind people (of Mahatma Buddha)' has also been inscribed. This achievement of Kalanamak rice will benefit not only Siddharthanagar alone but also the farmers of districts of Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, Siddharthanagar, Santakbirnagar, Basti, Bahraich, Balrampur, Gonda and Shravasti with similar agricultural climate declared as Geographical Wealth (GI). .

In order to increase the yield of black salt and its processing, packaging and branding, the state government declared it as the ODOP of Siddharthanagar. Adopting cluster approach, the Central Government has declared Kalanamak as Siddharthanagar along with Basti, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Sidharthnagar and Santakbirnagar as ODOP on the basis of common agro-climatic zones. In such a situation, the 'Mahaprasad of Buddha' spread to the Buddhist countries of Southeast Asia as far as Korea, China, Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and if demand came out from these countries at a better price in all those districts Its cultivation will get a boost, for which Kalanamak has got GI.

Agriculture scientist Dr. Ramchet Chaudhary says that rice packing has been started. It will be sent to Singapore by the end of March.

Chaudhary says that the Kalanamak paddy has been born in Baja village of Siddharthanagar in the period of Gautam Buddha. It is believed that Mahatma Buddha broke the fast by taking this rice pudding on Hiranyavati coast and gave it as prasad to the devotees. The mention of black salt rice is also found in the travelogue of Fahian, a Chinese traveler. Burdpur block of Siddharthnagar is its stronghold. It is known that Singapore has an older relationship with Thailand than the previous. A lot of people live here.

Dr. Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Export Promotion Department, says that the export will be in a beautiful glass jar. All the characteristics of black salt rice will be written on it. You can know the characteristics of this rice by scanning the barcode printed on the packing. Soon, in collaboration with the International Rice Research Center, Varanasi, a research center will be opened in Siddharthanagar. Kalanamak Mahotsav will also be organized on the lines of Strawberry Festival soon.

Historical association with gautam buddha

It is said about black salt paddy that it is originating in the Baja village of Siddharthnagar since the time of Gautam Buddha. Pro. Chaudhary told that it is found in the travelogue of Chinese traveler Fahyan. The rice extracted from this paddy is full of aroma, taste and health. Wordpur block, about 15 km from Siddharthnagar district headquarters, is the bastion of its production. In the British era, it was the most cultivated in Burdpur, Naugarh and Shoratgarh blocks. Burdpur was settled by the British zamindar William Bird.

Black salt and its legal right

Basti, Sant Kabirnagar, Siddharthnagar, Bahraich, Balrampur, Gonda, Shravasti, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar and Maharajganj districts got its GI (Geographical Indication) tag. These districts can both produce and sell black salt rice. People of other districts can grow to eat but cannot do business in the name of black salt.

Geographical indications are used for products that have a specific geographic area of ​​origin. The distinctive feature and reputation of these products is also due to this core area.

Apart from taking GI, registration of this rice has also been done under the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers' Rights Act (PPVFRA). So that no one else can use the name of black salt rice.

Is interest in farmers increasing?

Chaudhary said that till 2009 it was being cultivated in 2000 hectares in Purvanchal. Now it has an area of ​​more than 45000 hectares in 11 districts which have got GI tag. Siddharthnagar has the highest area. Yields increased after the black salt paddy was dwarfed and the farmers started benefiting and then the acreage started increasing.

Currently, the target is to take it to 1 lakh hectares. Its price is more than Basmati. That's why farmers should start cultivating it and make a profit. This can become a big weapon to double farmers' income in Purvanchal. This area has its own product.

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