Q. Consider the following statements regarding Bhalia Wheat. It is a type of short grain wheat cultivated in parts of Uttar Pradesh. The unique characteristic of the Bhalia wheat is that it is grown in the rainfed condition without irrigation The Bhalia variety of wheat received GI certification. Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

The first shipment of Geographical Indication (GI) certified Bhalia variety of wheat was exported to Kenya and Sri Lanka from Gujarat. 

About Bhalia Wheat: 

  • Bhalia Wheat is also known as Daudkhani Wheat.It is a type of long grain wheat cultivated in Bhal region in the north of Gulf of Khambhat, Gujarat, India. 
  • Characteristics: The unique characteristic of the Bhalia wheat is that it is grown in the rainfed condition without irrigation and cultivated in around two lakh hectares of agricultural land in Gujarat. 
  • GI Tag: The Bhalia variety of wheat received GI certification in 2011.The registered proprietor of GI certification is Anand Agricultural University, Gujarat. 
  • Nutritional Benefits: Bhalia Wheat is rich in Gluten, a type of amino acid.It has high protein content and is sweet in taste. 

Read more: Exports of GI certified Bhalia wheat from Gujarat begins