Investment in Research and Development for Basmati Rice in Pakistan

Publication | December 2018

This paper argues that Pakistan needs to increase its investments in agriculture research and development and highlights the importance of an improved Basmati rice program.

It identifies strategies to show how a Basmati rice development program can achieve sustainable funding and effective oversight and implementation. Basmati rice is Pakistan’s second-largest export earner but newer, long-grain, nonaromatic varieties have been cutting into its share of the premium rice market. The export value of Basmati rice has been impacted by leaf blight, trade practices, and market conditions. To address the issues, this paper argues that long-term vision and planning is needed, as well as a whole of government approach to help the value chain respond to present and future challenges.


  • Introduction
  • Pakistan's Rice Production and Exports
  • Pakistan's Basmati Rice Production and Exports
  • Pakistan's Agriculture Research Institutes
  • Agriculture Research and Development
  • Basmati Rice Research and Development
  • Consequences of Limited Research and Development Budget for Basmati Rice
  • Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Research and Development on Basmati Exports
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Agricultural and food productivity
  • Pakistan
  • 36
  • 8.5 x 11
  • WPS189710-2
  • 2313-7355 (print)
  • 2313-7363 (electronic)

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