Basmati Rice - Life in Science With Pallava Bagla (E)

Making of the Scented Pearl: The Basmati Story – Lab to Land. The mesmerizing story of the science-led revolution that has made India the Basmati king of the world. India is the largest exporter of Basmati Rice. On average the country exports Rs 35,000 crores worth of Basmati every year. It has not been easy to increase the yields of Basmati scientists like Dr A K Singh, Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi have spent their lifetime perfecting modern varieties but retaining the aroma. In between India also overcame efforts at surreptitious patenting of Basmati by winning `Geographical Indication’ or GI for its basmati varieties. In 2018 India exported 4.4 million metric tons of Basmati. Pusa Institute has been perfecting varieties of Basmati rice and today a variety Pusa Basmati 1121 occupies lakhs of hectares of cultivated land. This non-sticky aromatic rice is much used in biryani, pulao and in many other cuisines of the world.

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