TULAIPANJI – A PRECIOUS SCENTED RICE LAND RACE OF NORTH BENGAL, INDIAGoutam Mondal and Jayanta Dutta
Tulaipanji is an indigenous aromatic rice landrace grown mainly in Raiganj sub-division of Uttar Dinajpur and small pockets of Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal, India. Farmers cultivate it organically with nolow inputs in the jute cultivated fields after harvesting the crop. A study has been conducted with major objectives to find out the problems and prospects of cultivation of Tulaipanji, to restore the quality and aroma besides developing a suitable market chain. It is revealed that realized price of Tulaipanji is very low considering its quality and aroma. Malpractice through adulteration by mixing the similar type of nonaromatic rice causes the deterioration of the market value and demand of Tulaipanji. Emphasize is to be given on development of suitable Â‘marketing channelÂ’ and Â‘brandingÂ’ the variety. More extensive researches and extension works are highly required for productivity enhancement, including marketing and processing of Tulaipanji. System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is to be adopted for cultivation to augment the productivity. Aggregation of produce by forming producerÂ’s groups of Tulaipanji and development marketing channels need to be emphasized. Self Help Groups can act as the promoting institution for marketing as well as branding. Researches for maintaining genetic purity, incorporation of genetic traits of this wonder variety which is free from any pest and disease infestation and possibility of expansion of area particularly in Uttar Dinajpur and Dakhshin Dinajpur district are to be conducted in future.
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