Alphonso Mango from 5 Districts of Maharashtra Gets Geographical Indication Tag (Download PDF)

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Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry & Intellectual Property India has granted Alphonso mango from 5 districts of Maharashtra gets Geographical Indication (GI) tag. These 5 districts Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane, & Raigad are from western Konkan coastal region of State.

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Image of Lobbying Bears Fruit

Image of Lobbying Bears Fruit

  • Southern district of Gujarat, Valsad & Navsari are also famous for production of Alphonso. Alfonso is started in some areas of Bihar even before some time.
  • W/this recognition, Alphonso has joined list of 325 products from India with GI tag.

Alphonso Mango

  • Alphonso, known as ‘Hapus’ in Maharashtra is consider as king of mangoes.

  • It is best known for its taste & pleasant fragrance & vibrant colour.

  • It is in demand in domestic & international markets.

  • It has long been one of world’s most popular fruits & is exported to various countries including Japan, Korea, Europe, US & Australia.

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Geographical Indication (GI)

  • GI is indication used on products that have specific geographical origin & possess qualities or reputation that are due to that origin.

  • It is primarily given to agricultural, natural & manufactured goods having special quality & established reputation.

  • Goods & products having tag are recognized for their origin, quality & reputation & gives it required edge in global market.

  • It ensures that none can use their name, giving them exclusivity.

  • GI is covered as element of intellectual property rights (IPRs) under Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property.

  • At international level, GI is governed by WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

  • In India, GI tag Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection Act), 1999 governs it.

  • This Act is administered by Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, who is Registrar of Geographical Indications & is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It comes under Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

  • Registration of GI is valid for 10 years after which it needs to be renewed.

  • Violation of GI tags is punishable offence under law.

  • Purpose of GI tag enables stakeholders to authenticate their production while earning premium & derive improved livelihood.

  • 1st GI in India was given to Darjeeling tea in 2004.

  • Tirupathi – Laddu, Kangra Paintings, Nagpur – Orange & Kashmir - Pashmina are among registered GIs in India.

  • Karnataka tops w/38 GI products, followed by Maharashtra which has 33 GI products. Tamil Nadu comes 3rd w/25 GI products.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 8, 2018

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