Agriculture and Processed food processing Export Development Authority (APPEDA) has recently appealed to the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Chennai even after the order of Geographical Indication (GI) which has accepted Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar as Basmati rice producing states and the approval has been given to farmers through documents and laboratory reports.
In view of the this appeal by APPEDA , Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has written to Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar to accept the order of GI as the appeal by APEEDA has caused distress in farmers of the state growing rice that is Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan appeals for Basmati Rice.
Chauhan has claimed that the quality of Basmati rice grown in MP is at par with other states of North. Basmati Rice is grown in land area of 2 hectare and production of 5 lakh metric ton. APEEDA was requested to include Madhya Pradesh in the list of states growing Basmati rice as the rice grown in the state is accepted in the foreign markets and has a share of about 40% in America.
The step taken by APEEDA is criticised by Chauhan and he suspects that this would affect the country’s exports and also the appeal by APEEDA would cause delay in Indian Basmati rice making and certification.