GI Certified Bhalia Variety of wheat exported to seven new countries

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Gujarat: The first shipment of geographical Indication (GI) certified Bhalia variety of wheat exported on Wednesday 7th of July to Kenya and Sri Lanka from Gujarat in a major boost to wheat exports.

The wheat has high protein and it’s sweet in taste. Mostly the crop is grown across the Bhal region of Gujarat which includes Ahmadabad, Anand, Kheda, Bhavanagar, Surendranagar, Bharuch districts.

The main unique quality of this wheat is that it’s grown in rainfed conditions where there is no requirement of irrigation supply and also cultivated in around two lakh hectares of agricultural land in Gujarat. In the year 2011, in July the Bhalia variety of Wheat received GI certification which is registered by the proprietor of GI certification, Anand Agricultural University, Gujarat.

To Boost exports wheat from India this initiative is taken. For the FY 2020-21, the wheat exports from India witnessed a significant growth of 808 % to Rs 4034 crore from Rs 444 crore reported in the previous FY. In US dollar terms, the wheat exports rose by 778% to $ 549 million in 2020-21.

Yemen, Indonesia, Bhutan, Philippines, Iran, Cambodia, and Myanmar are seven new countries India exported a substantial quantity of grain for the FY 2020-21. But in the previous year, very small quantities of wheat were exported to those countries. In the year 2018-19  wheat export to these countries did not take place, only 4 metric tones were exported in the year 2019-20. The volume of exports of wheat to these countries rose to 1.48 lakh tones in 2020-21.