Chakhao is known for its aroma. It is normally cooked for community celebrations and is also used to make Chakhao kheer
By Sobhapati Samom
POSTED ON AUGUST 12, 2021 5:59 PM IST
For the first time, a metric ton of Manipur’s organic black rice, popularly known as Chakhao, was exported to Europe from Imphal on Thursday.
Chakhao is known for its aroma. It is normally cooked for community celebrations and is also used to make Chakhao kheer. This variety of rice obtained a Geographical Indication label in May 2020. Chakhao has also been used by traditional doctors and is sold to ??100-120 per kilo on average at Imphal.
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“For the first time, 1 MT of this highly nutritious variety of rice was exported …” Chief Minister N Biren Singh said at an export event. He added that organic ginger and pineapple are also exported regularly by the Manipur Organic Mission Agency.
Singh also reported vehicles carrying quality seeds for distribution to villagers in different districts affected by the destruction of poppy plantations due to the government’s drug campaign.
The seeds include cabbage, quinoa, and ginger. They are provided to villagers in the state as part of the alternative seed distribution program by the Ministry of Horticulture and Soil Conservation.