Basmati is a variety of long, slender-grained aromatic rice which is traditionally from the Indian subcontinent. As of 2014, India exported 59 percent of the overseas basmati rice market, while Pakistan accounted for the remainder, according to the Indian state-run Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority. However, many countries use domestically grown basmati rice crops.

Production and cultivation
India accounts for over 70% of the world’s basmati rice production. A small portion of that is being grown organically. Organisations such as Kheti Virasat Mission are trying to increase the amount of basmati rice that is being grown in the Punjab in India.

In India
The areas of basmati rice production in India are in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. India’s total basmati production for the July 2011–June 2012 crop year was 5 million tonnes.[10] In India, Haryana is the major basmati rice cultivating state, producing more than 60 percent of the total basmati rice produced in India.

In Nepal
Basmati rice is produced mainly in the Kathmandu Valley and the Terai region of Nepal. Unique Nepali varieties of Basmati rice were barred from exporting to other parts of the world although this bar might be lifted. [11]

In Pakistan
In Pakistan, 95 percent of the basmati rice cultivation takes place in the Punjab province, where total production was 2.47 million tonnes in 2010.

 

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