UP government wants to promote 'Kala Namak' rice cultivation

UP government wants to promote 'Kala Namak' rice cultivation

Published
Hot News
2 min read
Kolkata: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a press conference at BJP office, in Kolkata on May 15, 2019. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)
Gorakhpur, Sep 13 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government is preparing to promote the cultivation of a special variety of rice called 'Kala Namak'.
Once known as the 'pride of Purvanchal' , this rare variety of rice known for its rich aroma and exotic taste, has been shunned by farmers because of its low yield and non-profitability.
Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises' Principal Secretary Navneet Sehgal recently visited Siddhartha Nagar and interacted with officials and farmers.
He assured farmers that they would be provided good quality seeds for the next sowing season and informed them about the government's decision to promote cultivation of 'Kala Namak' rice.
Sehgal said that this variety of rice contained zinc and iron in ample measure and could be consumed by diabetes patients too.
"If we can create awareness of this rice variety on an international level, the income of farmers can easily be doubled," he said.
The state government plans to consult the National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad on ways to preserve the aroma of the 'Kala Namak' rice. Scientists have said that if organic fertilizer is used in rice cultivation, its aroma can be preserved up to three years.
The Principal Secretary said that the government was keen to increase the cultivated area of 'Kala Namak' rice and set up special rice mills for this variety. "Talks are on with the private sector for this," he said.
Incidentally, the Kala Namak rice gets its name from the fact that its husk is black in colour.
Agricultural Scientist Dr S.K. Misra, meanwhile, said that four more varieties of the 'Kala Namak' rice were being researched.
The state government has chosen 11 districts of Purvanchal that will apply for a GI tag and then export the rice.
At present, this variety of rice is being sold online at Rs 299 per kilogram and has customers from Chennai and Hyderabad too.
--IANS
amita/rs/bg

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!