Rice occupies 2.5 million hectare that is 10.9% of the total cultivated area with production of 5.1 million tonnes of milled rice.
In Pakistan’s agrarian economy rice plays multifarious roles, few mentioned as below:
- Firstly, it is second staple food and contributes to our national food requirement
- Secondly, rice industry is an important source of employment and income for rural people
- Thirdly, it contributes in the country’s foreign exchange exchequer
For instance, during 1999-2000 about 2 million tonnes rice of worth 26 billion rupees was exported. The barter trade on Afghanistan border was in addition to this export. The significance of this commodity in our economy is evident from the above facts. Therefore, it is imperative to focus on the efforts needed to further improve its competitiveness in the international market.
Hafizabad is known as “City of Rice” and is the biggest rice market in which following types of rice are cultivated:
- Basmati 385
- Basmati 386
- Super Karnal
- Ery Nine
- Erey Six
- Super Fan
- KS 282
Do You Know ?
When the hindustan was still hindustan and the partition was not still done, annum income of Hafizabad just from Rice was 1.5 Crore. Peshwar, Agra , Mithra, Calcutta , Karachi , and Sukker were the main clients of Hafizabad. Up to 23 rice mills were there until the partition of Hindustan , the main rice mills were Sohna Mill, Shri Haweli Ram Des Mills, Sardar Sundar Mills , Doctor Manohar Lal Rice Mills, Rajindar Nath Mills , Seeta Raam Mills, Mela Raam Bhagwan Rice Mills, Jeeram Daas Mills , Baily Raam Rice Mills and others.