‘Mircha’ rice of Bihar’s West Champaran has been awarded the GI tag

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  • Mircha’ rice of Bihar’s West Champaran gets GI tag.
  • The size and shape of the grain appear like that of black pepper.
  •  It is also locally known as Mircha, Marchaiya, Marichai etc.
  • The grains and flakes of this rice have a unique aroma that makes it different.
  • This rice is famous for its aroma, palatability and its aromatic chura (rice flakes) making qualities. 
  • The peppermint plant, grains and husks have a unique aroma, which is what sets it apart.
  • Main producing areas of pepper rice are some villages of Chanpatia block of West Champaran district – Manatand, Gaunaha, Narkatiaganj, Ramnagar.
  • The cooked rice is fluffy, non sticky, sweet and easily digestible with a popcorn-like aroma.
  • An application for GI tag was submitted on behalf of Marcha Dhan Utpadak Pragatisheel Samuh, a registered organization of paddy cultivators.

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