The state government of Uttar Pradesh will be organising a 3-day “Kalanamak Rice Festival” in the Siddharth Nagar district. This festival will start from 13th March 2021. Kalanamak Ric festival is being organised after grand success of “Strawberry Festival in Jhansi” and “Jaggery Festival in Lucknow”.

CM Yogi Adityanath, has emphasized to promote the localised production and provide them a market in a bid to create new income opportunities for the farmers. The festival was inaugurated virtually on 13th March.

Festival

The state level rice festival event is being organised so as to promote, market and brand the selected products as One District One Product under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ and ‘Local for Vocal’ campaign. The Kala Namak Rice is grown in this region and is One District One Product of some of the Eastern Uttar Pradesh districts. Thus, those who attended the festival would be able to taste dishes made with Kala Namak rice. They can purchase Kala Namak paddy seeds and rice from these stalls. During the festival, the visitors will get to know the historical, nutritional and scientific merits & information regarding the cultivation of Kala Namak Rice. The festival displayed several dishes prepared by the Kalanamak rice at various stalls. The dishes include pulao, kheer, lentils, cumin rice, poha, vegetable, rice-chickpeas, khichdi, idli, fara.

Cultural programs

Kalanamak Rice Festival will also mark the colourful cultural programs in which the local artists and students showcase their talent. The Cultural programme will also be providing the progressive farmers, Farmer Producer Organizations and self-help groups with information with respect to the cultivation and processing of the product.

Kalanamak rice

Kalanamak rice is a geographical indication tagged rice from Siddharth Nagar district in UP. It is grown in Siddharthanagar, Deoria, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gonda, Bahraich, Balrampur, and Shravasti as One District One Product.

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