In Today’s News:
- Pokkali rice seedlings.
1. Pokkali rice seedlings
Farmers in the Sunderban region of West Bengal are planning to transport the Pokkali variety of rice from Kerala to West Bengal. This move will help the farmers to overcome the crisis situation caused due to saltwater incursion into paddy fields after the cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal.
(Note: These types of questions are asked in the UPSC Prelims exam very often. In the exam, they just test by giving the name of the variety and test its specialty.)
Prelims GS – Environment
Pokkali rice variety:
- Pokkali rice variety is a saltwater tolerant rice variety.
- It is grown in the paddy fields of Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts of Kerala.
- Pokkali rice variety got Geographic tag(GI Tag) for its unique variety.
- This rice variety helps the farmers to grow rice or paddy even in Saltwater areas which ultimately results in higher productivity to the farmers.
For more information on the GI tags and the benefits of GI tags, refer to the article on 26th July 2020.
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