According to the sources an agricultural scientist has advised all the state governments in India to promote and popularize black rice cultivation, as it is full of therapeutic properties. It has been revealed that the black rice has anti-carcinogenic properties and is known to arrest the growth of cancer cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and its anti-angiogenesic effects inhibit the formation of new blood vessels, which encourage tumor growth. Further, due to the presence of anthocyanin inh black rice specifically, it arrests the growth of breast cancer cells according to the researchers. Furthermore, in this regard, the black rice is rich in nutrition and contains more Vitamins B and E, niacin, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc as compared to white rice. In addition, it is also rich in fibre and the grains have a nutty taste too.
According to the reports, the black rice is mostly grown by organic methods and its yields are much less as compared to white rice. This could be one of the reasons for most of the farmers not opting for its cultivation. Currently, black rice is grown only in some parts of India’s North-Eastern state Manipur. However, recently, the government of the neighboring state Assam has decided to go in for massive cultivation of black rice as it would attract a premium price and has a great export potential. Therefore, now it is being urged to other state governments also to promote black rice cultivation and a niche market can be established primarily for export purposes. For this promotion of cultivation of black rice, it has been emphasized that by providing infrastructure, market support and financial incentives, black rice can indeed, be a good bet for Indian rice producers and consumers and in domestic as well as foreign markets.