Basmati Rice Gets Geographical Indication Tag for 7 Indian States [ Current Affairs ]

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Chennai based Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) has issue ‘Geographical Indication’ tag for basmati rice as suggested by the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). This GI tag is allotted to basmati raise grown in the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) on the foothills of the Himalayas in 7 states.

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) wants to protect and get GI recognition for Basmati cultivated in the IGP so that this initiative is come in force.

And this states are:

  • Punjab,
  • Haryana,
  • Himachal Pradesh,
  • Uttarakhand,
  • parts of Uttar Pradesh and
  • Jammu & Kashmir.

Basmati Rice:

  • Basmati is a variation of long grain aromatic rice which is usually grown in a particular Indo-Gangetic Plains geographical region of the Indian sub-continent.
  • In India it is grown from last 200 years.
  • India is largest producer and exporter on the Basmati rice in the world.
  • And most chunk of India’s basmati rice is shipped to Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Kuwait.

About Geographical Indication (GI)

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a sign given to certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or source.
  • GI is act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
  • GI is governed by World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) but in India it is governed by Geographical Indications of goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

GI registration confers:

  • Legal protection to the products
  • Prevents unauthorized use of a GI tags by others
  • Helps consumers to get quality products of desired traits
  • Promotes economic prosperity of producers of GI tag goods by enhancing their demand in national and international markets.
  • About 236 GI products are registered in India and over 270 more products have applied for the label.
  • India’s first product that gets GI tag was Darjeeling tea.

- Published on: February 9, 2016