To determine the quality of aromatic rice and pulse varieties that the state government buys from farmers to be sold at - Sufal Bangla- fair-price outlets across the state, Bengal government will take help of electronic nose (E-nose) technology.
To ensure the quality of aromatic rice varieties, the E-nose technology will be introduced at the government's state-of-the-art quality control laboratory in Singur. A senior official of the state agricultural department explained that different varieties of aromatic rice have different aromas - for example, Kalo Nunia has a mild smell while Gobindobhog is known for its strong smell. He said, "What was done till now by humans would, to ensure uniformity, soon be taken over by technology."
For assessing the quality of pulse, another technology named Pulse View will be introduced at the Singur laboratory. According to the agricultural department officals, vegetables, rice and pulses will all be tested in the laboratory before being sent to the Sufal Bangla outlets in the city.
To ensure that only the best products are sold at these outlets is the aim behind the step. The number of Sufal Bangla have been increased recently - 22 new mobile stalls have been introduced, adding to the existing 16 permanent and 29 mobile stalls in this connection.