Wada Kolam rice is a native variety from Maharashtra which is in the verge of extinction. It is grown in Wada taluka of Palghar district around 2500 hectares at present which was once cultivated widely throughout the entire district.
The Wada Kolam rice also known as Zini rice which is off-white with small granules and has a peculiar aroma which makes an important characteristic for its demand. Anil Patel, a farmer said that a kilogram of this variety is sold at Rs.65-70 but also worries that lots of fake varieties cultivated in other states are sold at Rs.40 which makes them lose their market.
Sanjay Patil said that they have been working on the protection of all local varieties of crops and also added that they are engaged in creating a database on the product (acreage, yield, area).
State Agriculture Commissioner S.Pratap Singh said, "If the farmers think that GI tagging will help them get a better price we will definitely help them get a GI tag".