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Chandauli Black Rice Initiative

Background

Chandauli is an aspirational district, also known as the rice bowl of Uttar Pradesh, where two-thirds of the population is engaged in agricultural work, providing ideal conditions for the production of all types of paddy.

District Administration and Agriculture Department Chandauli tried to innovate in the sustainable agriculture sector to increase the income of the farmers of aspirational district. Black rice farming was selected for innovation in cultivation.

Black rice has High Dietary fiber, Rich in Nutrients (Iron Vitamin E Minerals), Antioxidants, Protein and is known to boost heart health, prevent cancer, is anti-inflammatory and good for people with diabetes. The cultivation of black rice is chemical free and farmers get better prices compared to other rice.

Intervention

Black rice as such is not native to the area and is actually produced in high quantities in Manipur. However, given the increasing demand for the product in the global markets, the district administration promoted the product among a small group of 300 farmers. Black rice farming does not require any type of chemical fertilizer and is cultivated in all blocks of the district.

Black rice produced in 2018 with the help of Agriculture Department Chandauli, was publicized among farmers of the district through Kisan Pathshala, Farmers Seminar and district level farmers fair exhibition organized at block level. In addition, it was also published through print and mass media.

The marketing interventions include

  • Formation of Chandauli Kala Chawal Krishak Samiti in 2019 comprising of black rice farmers. In 2020, Conversion of Chandauli Kala Chawal Krishak Samiti to an FPO (Farmers Producers Organization) capable of exporting Black rice on their own
  • Registration of farmers in PGS-India to obtain organic farming certification
  • Application for Collective Mark, FSSAI number
  • Designing logo, premium packaging
  • Participation in National Exhibitions
  • Display at Premium Malls/Hotels
  • Exploring export markets to increase product reach and enhance income opportunities - Collaborated with APEDA; organised Buyer-Seller meet  with top Rice exporters
  • Utilizing potential of ecommerce platforms

Impact

Black rice has medicinal properties such as anti-oxidants, vitamins, fibers and anti- inflammation properties. Black rice has high zinc and iron percentages. These properties of black rice reduce the risk to the human body. Another impact this innovative farming is that the average farmer can harvest 4 to 5 times more yield than other variety of rice.

Profitability Comparison

Parameters (per ha) Black rice Common paddy
Seeds  15 kg 30 kg
Productivity 35 q 62 q
Cost Rs 42000 Rs 58000
Revenue

Rs 2,97,500 (@8500/qtl)

Rs 1,12,530 (@1815/qtl)

Profit

Rs 2,55,500

Rs 54,530

Key Outcome

The result of black rice cultivation is that farmers had to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and got better price than paddy crop of other species. The farmers are happy by cultivating black rice and every year area of black rice farming is increasing. Black rice farming is proving to be helpful in increasing the income of the farmers.

Scale up

  • Initiative replicated in more than 15 districts across States
  • Seeds procured by various districts from KVK Chandauli, Agriculture department Chandauli and  Chandauli Kala Chawal Krishak Samiti
  • 14 districts of U.P. and 2 districts of Bihar (Buxar and Aurangabad) started cultivation of Black Rice 

Source : Best Practices-2020 - Uttar Pradesh; Regional Conference On Replication Of Good Governance Practices , July, 2021
 



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