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In news: Pokkali Rice


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Pokkali Rice

Mains level : Coastal farming and various hurdles

Farmers from West Bengal are betting on the Pokkali variety of rice from Kerala to tide over a crisis-like situation created by severe seawater incursion into paddy fields in vast areas of the Sundarbans after the cyclone Amphan.

Try this MCQ:

Q.Which of the following is the striking feature of the Pokkali Rice recently seen in the news?

a) It is bio-fortified rice for treating malnutrition

b) It is a saltwater resistant variety of rice

c) It is healthy rice used to treat diabetes

d) None of these

Pokkali Rice

  • The Pokkali variety of rice is known for its saltwater resistance and flourishes in the rice paddies of coastal Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts.
  • The uniqueness of the rice has brought it the Geographical Indication (GI) tag and is the subject of continuing research.
  • It had been in the news because of its uniqueness and also because a group of people in Kerala have been trying to revive the cultivation of the rice variety in the State.

Why introduce in Sunderbans?

  • About 80% of the rice paddies in the Sundarbans faced the problem of the saltwater incursion.
  • If the Pokkali experiment succeeds, it would be a good step to turn around the fortunes of the farmers.
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Sanmathi Raman
1 month ago

OPTION— B is the answer, pokkali rice is salt water resistant variety.