The government of President Hassan Rouhani has invested six trillion rials (about $156 million) on the mechanization of rice cultivation, said an official with the Ministry of Agricultural Jihad, describing the investment as 'unprecedented'.
Not only in India, white rice is a popular grain across the globe, for the simple reason that it can easily be paired with a lot of different foods — be it the humble curry, a piece of grilled fish or even roasted beans.
Pakistani traders eye an increase of at least 30 percent in export of aromatic Basmati rice to Iran and a delegation will visit the country later this month to seek more opportunities following the lifting of international sanctions, industry officials said.
Africa is eating more rice than other food staples, though it produces less than it needs. This is good news for the cereal’s potential to help Sub Saharan Africa out of poverty according to researchers. Rice is the second most important source of calories in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), a research organization working to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security.
Arsenic in rice is a global health concern, but researchers in Northern Ireland have found a way to remove it by cooking rice the way coffee is brewed, a study said. A percolator that cooks rice by passing hot water through it, rather than boiling it in a pot, was able to remove 85 percent of the grain's cancer-causing inorganic arsenic.