Full Interview: Basmati rice fraud in Pakistan
©FAO/Farooq Naeem
25 February 2016--- Basmati rice is defined by both its variety (genetic information) and where it is grown. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and their partner laboratory in Pakistan are trying to characterise through stable isotope and trace element measurements related to climate, soil chemistry and agricultural practice. Most of the research done so far has been related defining the ‘accepted’ basmati varieties, which is why the IAEA is working with Dr Singh to also establish an isotopic and trace element database that defines the recognised production areas Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh regions of India and Pakistan.

FAO Radio’s Sandra Ferrari interviewed Dr. Muhammad Arif, who works within the Agricultural Biotechnology Division at the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) in Faisalabad, Pakistan. They discussed the some of the challenges of addressing food fraud within the country’s Basmati Rice exports and how the IAEA-FAO joint programme assists them.
06min. 49sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food production & stocks, Food Security, Hunger & food insecurity, Rural or agricultural development
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11617