Madhya Pradesh govt. condemns letter written by Punjab CM Captain Amarinder on GI tagging of Basmati

Madhya Pradesh to Captain Amarinder on GI Tagging of Basmati Rice

The Government of Madhya Pradesh has strongly condemned the letter written by the Punjab Chief Minister to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding allotment of GI tagging of Basmati Rice to 13 districts of the state.

Madhya Pradesh has a written recorded history since 1908 of Basmati production in 13 districts, it said. The records of supplying seeds to farmers in Madhya Pradesh in the year 1944 is recorded in the records of Scindia State,” it added.

Likewise, it added that the Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad has recorded production of Basmati Rice in their “Production Oriented Survey Report” for the last 25 years.

“Basmati Exporters from Punjab and Haryana are procuring Basmati Rice from Madhya Pradesh. This is also supported by the Government of India data of export from Mandideep, Madhya Pradesh,” the CMO tweeted.

It added that the Government of India has been supplying breeder seeds of Basmati Rice to Madhya Pradesh from 1999. The state government added that “The case of APEDA with Pakistan has no relationship with claims of Madhya Pradesh as it is under the GI Act of India and is not linked to Inter-Country claims of Basmati Rice.”

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“GI tagging is a matter of pride for our farmers and recognition of their hard work over the years. It should not be made into a Punjab vs. Madhya Pradesh tussle. GI tagging allotment will provide stability to basmati prices in international markets and boost our exports,” it added.

-PTC News