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For centuries Basmati rice has been the food of choice for rich and enlightened people. Awareness about the unique cooking and eating qualities of Basmati rice is increasing. Every year the domestic and the international demands are on the increase. In India Basmati cultivation is spreading to neighboring districts of Basmati growing states.
Modern rice mills with complete automation have further improved the physical quality of Basmati rice. Now, it is possible to separate well developed, high density kernel of uniform size and colour with desired degree of milling. Scientific packing and transportation make it possible to deliver the best product without any deterioration in quality or colour anywhere in the world. Since present day varieties require less input, there is a wave to grow these varieties organically.
Basmati rice grown organically has tremendous potential in domestic and international market. Unique climatic conditions available in North West India for growing best quality Basmati rice are unparallel in the world. If high yielding, disease and pest resistant varieties of identical grain and cooking quality are made available, the area under Basmati rice will defiantly increase.
Preference for quality rice has expanded from Southeast Asia to Europe, Africa and United States of America. Over the past few years, there has been a remarkable increase in India’s foreign exchange earning from export of Basmati rice. India has made a definite dent in the global rice trade and, in the coming years it will get a leading slot in the international rice trade.
Mohammad Shamim, K.K. Singh, B.Gangwar, Sunil Kumar and Vinay Prasad Mandal