IMPHAL, May 18, 2018: Chakhao, a black rice that is indigenous to Manipur, is all set to be put up for an e-auction for the first time ever.
The e-auction will be executed by the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited on its portal from 10am on Friday.
An official stated that Manipur’s agriculture department collaborator, Neramac has already filed an application for GI (Geographical Indications) for black rice under the Union commerce ministry.
“As we have filed GI application, we wanted black rice to get more exposure and the trading community to know about it. Hence, we took the e-auction route,” he added.
Black rice has a mild nutty taste and a special aroma because of Manipur’s soil. The black colour usually turns deep purple once it is cooked. Manipur produces around 1,800 MT of black rice and cultivates it in 600 hectares.
An important aspect of black rice cultivation is that farmers neither apply agro-chemicals nor use any motorised implements, states the GI application. Only human labour is used for farming, it added.
Twelve buyers have already registered for the e-auction and 118 metric tonnes will be auctioned on Friday. Of the 12 buyers, three are from Manipur.
TNT with inputs from The Telegraph
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