Friday, May 27, 2016

Workshop on Basmati Production and Quality at KVK Sirsa

Workshop on Basmati Production and Quality at KVK Sirsa
27 May, 2016
Pictures and Videos: GS Mann, Amar Singh Jyani
Watch Video:  Workshop for farmers on Basmati Production and Quality was held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference Hall Sirsa. Here are Video Interviews of Dr Ritesh Sharma and Dr Lakshay Veer Beniwal. This Video was recorded on 25 May 2016

A Workshop for farmers on the subject of Basmati Production and Quality was held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference Hall Sirsa by HAU-KVK and ICAR- Basmati Export Development Foundation (BEDF) - The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the worksop was held on 25 May 2016
Dr Ritesh Sharma, Principal Scientist BEDF, explained the importance of time of sowing and harvesting of Basmati Varieties especially PB1509 for quality improvement and to make it export worthy. Dr Sharma also explained the economics behind the price fall of Basmati. He also informed that India has won an important verdict about GI (Geographical Indexing) in favour of Indian Basmati this will help in getting better prices for Basmati producers in the future. He also mentioned the traits and export worthiness of PB1401, and also commented on unknown varieties such as LAJAWAB etc. quoting seed act of India.
Dr Lakshay Veer Beniwal of KVK Sirsa said that this workshop aims to train farmers and impart information for Quality improvement of Basmati, he said that apart from APEDA, HAU is also participating in this workshop. Dr Antil Director Extension HAU Hisar presided over the workshop; Dr Jakhar from HAU also interacted with the farmers.
About GI:
The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has directed the assistant registrar of the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai, to proceed with registration of a geographical indication (GI) tag for Basmati rice according to the geographical demarcation conducted by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products (APEDA), consequently seven north Indian Basmati rice-producing states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir have now got the GI tag.
About BEDF
Basmati Export Development Foundation (BEDF) has been founded by APEDA under the aegis of Basmati Development Fund (BDF) with the objectives of development of high quality Basmati Rice, improvement in productivity, research and promotional aspects, development and dissemination of technology, development of forward/backward linkages and infra-structure development in respect of Basmati Rice. BEDF has been registered as a Society on 11th November 2002 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

Several farmers from villages were beelining to register at the workshop right from the morning.

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