In a bid to improve quality of Basmati rice for export, a maiden workshop presided by eminent scientists, was conducted at this border town on Tuesday evening.
“Residues of pesticides over the admissible limits is a major problem of exporters and above was the maiden initiative for farmers, exporters, scientist from PAU and other officials to come on one platform and gave a thought to look out for measures to resolve the critical issue,” said, Sameer Mittal, director of Bhagawti Lacto vegetarian exports private limited.
“Presence of pesticide residue in rice is adversely affecting export of rice to various nations as it failed to meet with their food standards,” rued Mittal.
“Following rejection of such rice, a number of rice exporters have suffered huge loss. Decline of Basmati rice will not affect economy of nation but also demoralise farmers to adopt crop diversification,” he aggrieved further.
In the meantime, VP Singh former principal scientist at Indian Agriculture Research Institute, who developed Paddy 1121 variety of Basmati gave tips to reduce residue of pesticides in rice besides improving quality of Basmati rice.
Organised by local leading rice exporter ‘Bhagawti Lacto vegetarian exports private limited (BLVEPL) in association with Basmati Export Development Federation, Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority of India and Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ferozepur, workshop was attended by a number of farmers of the vicinity besides rice exporters as well as commission agents.