Assam Red Rice: Iron rich red rice is produced in Brahmaputra Valley without chemicals, know the specialty
an integral part of Assam cuisine
In Assam, red rice is grown without chemical fertilizers. This rice grown in the Brahmaputra valley is also called ‘Bao-Dhan’. Red rice is widely used in the food culture of Assam. Iron-rich ‘red rice’ is considered an integral part of Assamese cuisine.
First shipment sent to America
In March, 2021, red rice grown in the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam was exported to the US. According to the information given by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the first consignment of red rice was sent from Haryana to America with the help of APEDA.
Farmers’ income will increase
APEDA President Dr M Angamuthu on Red Rice Export believes that farmers’ income will increase with the increase in the export of ‘Red Rice’. He said that there is a good demand of red rice in the market. Angamuthu hoped that the increase in the sale of red rice would increase the income of the farming families of the flood plains of the Brahmaputra.
109% jump in rice exports
Significantly, the demand for rice grown in India is increasing continuously. According to the data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in March 2022, India has exported a record amount of rice. Rice was exported to the tune of US$ 2925 million in the financial year 2013-14, while the figure reached $6115 million in 2021-22. In this way, a jump of 109 percent was registered in the export of rice in a period of 8 years. This figure does not include the export of Basmati rice. Let us inform that the Government of India is making constant efforts to promote the export of rice by establishing Rice Export Promotion Platform (REPF) under APEDA.
Global demand for Indian rice
Apart from red rice, an interesting aspect related to the global demand for other rice varieties grown in India is that despite the supply chain being disrupted during the Corona epidemic, India exported a record quantity of rice following the Kovid protocol. The export of non-basmati rice during April-January 2021 was about Rs 26,058 crore. It is very encouraging for the rice growers that there has been a significant increase in the shipments of non-basmati rice.
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