Part of: Prelims
Context: Production of Kalanamak rice has increased significantly during last three years
Presently, Kalanamak rice is being exported to countries like Singapore and Nepal. In addition to export, it is available on e-market place like Amazon, Flipkart and ODOP e-market.
- One of the finest quality scented rices of Nepal and India.
- Kalanamak rice has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) Tag
- It derives its name from black husk (kala = black; the suffix ‘namak’ means salt).
- This variety has been in cultivation since the Buddhist period (600 BC).
- It is quite popular in Himalayan Tarai of Nepal i.e., Kapilvastu, and eastern Uttar Pradesh of India, and is also known as the scented black pearl of Uttar Pradesh.
- It was also featured in the book ‘Speciality rices of the world’ by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
- Rich in micro-nutrients such as Iron and Zinc. Therefore, having this rice is said to prevent diseases borne out of Iron and Zinc deficiencies.
- is said that regular intake of Kalanamak rice can prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
- It has 11% protein which is almost double of common rice varieties. Besides it has low Glycemic Index (49% to 52%) making it “Sugar Free” and suitable for even diabetic people.
- Have critical micro nutrients to fight malnutrition and improve nutrition status of the vulnerable section of society
News Source: PIB