Strange claim of Pakistan again. Imran Khan's government is desperate to get the Geographical Indication (GI) tag, claiming India's basmati rice as their own.
Pakistan has challenged India's demand for GI tags for European Union (EU) basmati rice. One such decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister's Adviser on Trade Razak Dawood on Monday.
Pakistan thinks that their country is the main producer of basmati rice. So India's demand is unjust. So Pakistan has said it will vehemently oppose India's application to the European Union. India submitted an application to the European Union in September seeking sole ownership of basmati rice.
Let me inform you that more than 80% of the world's basmati rice is produced in India. A small part of it is being produced by organic farming methods. Organizations like Kheti Birasat Mission are trying to increase the production of basmati rice in the Indian state of Punjab.
In India, basmati cultivation is practiced in several states including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Bihar. From July 2011 to June 2012, the total production of basmati rice in India was 5 million tonnes.