News

The Basmati rice war between India and Pakistan

Rice
Published Mar 4, 2024

Tridge summary

Chaman Lal Setia Exports, a leading Indian Basmati rice exporter, processes and packages between 500 to 800 tonnes of the rice daily for shipment to over 80 countries. India and Pakistan are the only two global exporters of Basmati rice, with India boasting 34 varieties and Pakistan 24. However, in 2018, India's Basmati exports to the EU declined in favor of Pakistan, prompting India to apply for a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) with the European Commission to secure exclusive use of the term 'Basmati' in the EU.
Disclaimer: The above summary was generated by a state-of-the-art LLM model and is intended for informational purposes only. It is recommended that readers refer to the original article for more context.

Original content

Wisps of steam billow from huge dryers stretching vertically into the sky. Inside the factories of Chaman Lal Setia Exports, one of India’s largest Basmati exporters, clouds of rice dust envelop the air along to the incessant sounds of machinery. This rice mill in Karnal, 150 kilometers North of New Delhi, processes and packages 500 to 800 tonnes of Basmati rice every day. There, the plant harvested from the surrounding fields undergoes a whole series of transformations and polishing to achieve perfection. After a final mechanical sorting phase, all that’s left are the elegant, naturally fragrant, long grains of white or cream-colored rice characteristic of Basmati. Loaded lorries then take the noble grain to Indian ports, from where it is shipped to over 80 countries: Malaysia, the US, Israel and Europe. For centuries, Basmati was grown on the Indo-Gangetic plain of the Indian subcontinent, now divided between India and Pakistan. The enemy neighbours are the world’s only two ...
By clicking “Accept Cookies,” I agree to provide cookies for statistical and personalized preference purposes. To learn more about our cookies, please read our Privacy Policy.