Maniket-Nazirshail Rice in the name of trickery – Bhorer Kagoj

Upon entering the rice shop, the first thing a buyer looks for is a bright white miniket or Nazirshail rice. If the rice does not taste good or is overcooked after being bought at a high price and cooked at home; Buyers are likely to call everyone who looks appropriate, if there are only a few.

Coarse rice is being cut into automatic rice by automatic machine. Looks slim, fair and shiny. Named Miniket. ‘Miniket rice’ is so popular that it is eaten by people in the city as well as in the rural areas. The markets are flooded with these rice. Miniket has dominated the rice market for almost two and a half decades. Surprisingly, there is no rice called miniket in Bengal. Meanwhile, mill owners and traders are making huge profits by selling cheap rice at higher prices in the name of miniket rice. Besides, Nazirshail or coarse rice is also running. But the reality is that no paddy of these names is cultivated anywhere in the country and no one imports them.

According to agronomists, the country’s rice fields and markets are rich in brie rice, but there is no rice in the market called brie rice. The country is now producing huge amount of hybrid rice. But there is no such thing as hybrid rice in the market. Although there are questions about the nutritional value due to pruning, the well-known companies have also entered into the competition to sell this rice. In this situation, the government says, they are working to strictly control the branding of Miniket, Nazirshail in the country.

The mechanical process of making miniket rice is known, the autorice mill has an ultraviolet ray whose digital sensor removes all black or damaged rice, stones, dirt from the rice. Then the rice goes to the boiler unit of the automill. There, by polishing in 5 steps, the thick rice turns white. The coarse rice is then cut and polished in a polishing machine. And various chemicals are used to make it shiny.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra himself on Friday (March 11) after the UN Asia-Pacific Summit in the capital.

Majumder says, there is no rice to say Miniket and Nazirshail. Other varieties of paddy are being sold as rice of these varieties. He said that out of the fine rice that is being eaten, there are two more rice in Gerashail and Shampa Katari. This rice is called Miniket. Again, 26 people call it Miniket, 29 people call it Miniket, and we (people) also find Miniket. Besides, there is no rice called Nazirshail. Therefore, he urged everyone to eat red rice instead of white transparent rice. He directed the concerned parties to take immediate action against the sale of rice in the name of Miniket and Nazirshail. Agriculture Minister on the same occasion. Md. Abdur Razzak said that new companies are selling packets of Miniket and Nazirshail at high prices. For profit, various companies are cutting coarse rice and selling it under the names of Miniket and Nazirshail up to Tk 72 per kg. This is a direct deception.
In an exchange of views on what to do to curb illegal stockpiling, the food minister said in the meeting room of Kushtia deputy commissioner on Sunday (March 20) that a few millers were responsible for the instability in the rice market in the country. In particular, Kushtia Rashid Agro Food owner and President of Bangladesh Auto Major Husking Mill Owners Association Abdur Rashid and 5 other millers of the country are controlling the rice market. The market price is determined by their will. This situation cannot be allowed to continue.
Meanwhile, the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU), an agency under the Ministry of Food, conducted a survey in 2020. According to the survey, the owners of modern auto rice mills change the shape of the rice through machines and polish it to make it shiny. This process is called ‘rice milling’. As a result, the buyer has no way of knowing which rice came from which paddy. The 25-page study, published by FPMU, states that since there is no specific policy on rice milling or rice resizing and branding; So they are doing as they please and forcing the buyers to buy this rice.

M Abdul Momin, a senior liaison officer at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Gazipur and a PhD Fellow in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Information Systems at Shekribi, told Bhorer Kagoj that Coming. Although late, the government is now thinking of taking drastic steps in this regard. He said that according to the Department of Agriculture, Brie Dhan 26, Brie Dhan 29, Brie Hybrid Paddy and Kajal Lata varieties are being sold in sacks called Miniket. Due to the huge demand for this rice in the market, a fraudulent business called ‘Miniket’ is going on. In fact, in 1995, the Department of Agriculture of India distributed a new variety of Chikan ‘Shatabdi’ rice seed among the farmers of India affected by the natural calamity in neighboring India. Farmers are given a mini packet with some more agricultural inputs along with these rice seeds for field cultivation. That mini or small packet was called ‘mini kits’. From there, the name of ‘Shatabdi’ rice became ‘Miniket’. However, whatever the facts behind the name, there is no rice variety called Miniket in the country, this is the reality.
CSO and head of the Department of Grain and Nutrition, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute. Mohammad Ali Siddiqui told Bhorer Kagoj, “We have found evidence that the amount of zinc decreases due to over-polishing and over-trimming.” In addition, some rice has a dramatic reduction in nutrients and some rice contains only sugars. Mohammad Ali Siddiqui said that the higher the glycemic index of rice, the more harmful it is for diabetics. When the glycemic index is low, the blood sugar in the brown rice rises slowly. The number of diabetic patients eating white rice is increasing day by day.

Meanwhile, Rice Millers have also admitted to selling other varieties of rice in the name of Miniket and Nazirshail. Layek Ali, general secretary of the Bangladesh Auto Major and Husking Mill Owners Association, said, “If we don’t name it Miniket, buyers won’t buy it.” We named it Miniket because people want miniket rice on the dining table.

There is also rice called Nazirshail, Kajal Lata, there is no paddy: According to Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, there are basically three types of paddy in the country – Aush, Aman and Boro. And more than half of the rice is of Boro variety, known as Brie. The Department of Agricultural Extension says that more rice is available from these two varieties of Brie rice. But there is no rice called brie in the market. Originally, Brie 29 rice was harvested and over-polished and released under the name Nazirshail. Nazirshail does not exist. However, there is Niger Shail rice, but it is not the same amount of Nazir Shail rice that is available in the market. In other words, a large part of what is available in the name of Niger Shail like Miniket or Nazirshail is actually made by cutting and polishing thick paddy.

The human rights organization Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh has filed a written petition in the high court against the government for failing to curb the unscrupulous trade in rice. On November 21, 2021, a bench of the High Court directed the government to list all the rice millers producing and marketing ‘Miniket’ and ‘Nazirshail’ rice. The High Court also directed to submit a research report within four months on whether the nutritional value of rice is deteriorating due to reshaping and polishing of rice and whether it is a threat to public health. Moreover, the court issued a rule asking why the government is not taking any action against the production and marketing of a low-nutrient rice.

Rice pruning policy: The Ministry of Food is going to formulate and implement rice pruning policy to prevent fraud of rice mill owners, millers and storekeepers. The policy has already been drafted. Scientists from Bangladesh Rice Research Institute and Brie have agreed to this. From now on, instead of the name of rice, it will be compulsory to write the name and variety of paddy on the market bag. Strategies are being worked out on how to implement this, so that fraudsters of mill owners and traders can be stopped. Food Ministry secretary Mosammat Nazmanara told Khanam Bhorer Kagoj that they wanted to come up with a comprehensive guideline to curb the unscrupulous rice trade. A committee headed by Additional Secretary Khwaja Abdul Hannan has already been formed. “We will also look into the milling process at the international level, including in neighboring countries,” he said. Then we will set our standard. Nazmanara Khanam thinks that only when the guidelines are completed will it be possible for the government to take action against the dishonest Millers.


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