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Rice is the staple food for more than 3 billion people who eat it everyday. Rice is a popular cereal crop commonly used as human food. It is actually a type of grass and belongs to a family of plants that includes other cereals such as wheat and corn. Rice is rich in nutrients and contains a number of vitamins and minerals. The International Rice Genebank – the world’s largest collection of rice diversity contains more than 112,000 different types of rice including species of wild rice, the ancestors of rice, traditional and heirloom varieties, and modern varieties.


Rice is unique among cereal grains in that the entire polished grain is eaten while other cereals are usually processed before they reach the consumer. Grain quality in rice is, therefore, a very sensitive issue. Interests and priorities of different sectors of rice industry are different. Farmers are interested in early maturity and high yield that would give them high returns in the form of good produce and provide enough time for sowing subsequent crops including wheat. Miller's interest is high head rice recovery. Traders prefer attractive physical appearance (shape and size), whiteness and uniform grain size.


PAKISTANI RICE

Pakistan is one of the largest rice producing countries, having annual production of more than 5 million tons. Rice, after wheat, is the second largest commodity consumed in the country. It is grown over 10% of the total cropped area of Pakistan. Rice is highly valued cash crop and is also major export item. It accounts for 6.7% in value added in agriculture and 1.6% in GDP. Pakistan grows enough high quality rice to meet both domestic

demand and allow for exports of around one million ton per annum.


Different varieties of rice are grown in Pakistan for example Super Basmati, Basmati PK-385, Irri-6, Irri-9 and KS-282 etc. Pakistan is primarily known for its aromatic rice (Super Basmati/Basmati PK-385). Two varieties of rice dominate the market: Basmati, which is mainly grown in Punjab and Irri, which is mainly grown in Punjab and Sindh. Basmati accounts for 2% of exports and is of a higher quality than Irri. In 1987-88, the government allowed rice export also by the private sector.

 
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