February 28, 2024

WHY IN NEWS?

First shipment of Geographical Indication (GI) certified Bhalia variety of wheat was exported to Kenya and Sri Lanka from Gujarat, giving a boost to wheat exports.

About Bhalia Variety of Wheat

  • GI certified wheat has high protein content and has sweet taste.
  • It is grown mostly across Bhal region of Gujarat. It is also grown in Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Bhavnagar, Bhavnagar and Bharuch districts.
  • This unique characteristic of wheat variety is grown in rainfed condition without irrigation and cultivated across two lakh hectares of agricultural land in Gujarat.
  • Bhalia variety of wheat received GI certification in July, 2011.
  • Registered proprietor of GI certification is Anand Agricultural University in Gujarat.
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