Special GI status to 9 NE agricultural products

Guwahati:  Nine items from north east India have won GI tags, including the pungent Karbi Anglong ginger and juicy Tezpur litchi of Assam.  The coveted geographical indication (GI) tags are incontrovertible proof of their origins in their respective regions and protect them from production elsewhere.

North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (Neramac) executive director S Bhattacharjee said other agro-items from the region which have got the GI tag from the Chennai-based Geographical Indications Registry on Monday are Meghalaya Khasi mandarin, Sikkim large cardamom, Mizoram bird eye chilly, Manipur kachai lemon, Tripura queen pineapple, Arunachal orange and Nagaland tree tomato.

The GI tag is a certification which indicates the distinctiveness of the product’s origin in a particular geographical location and carries an assurance of quality of that particular product.

The muga silk of Assam has the GI tag. Now Assam can boast of three GI tagged items.

Karbi Anglong ginger is known for its distinct flavour and pungency. The Tezpur litchi is characterized by its distinct size, shape, colour, flavour, taste and juicy pulp.

“It is indeed a great achievement for us because it is for the first time so many agro products from the region got GI tags. This tag makes these products exclusive and special local crops of the northeast. Neramac took the initiative to protect these special crops about four years ago. The GI tag will help in branding these crops,” said Bhattacharjee.

Neramac had actually applied for GI tags for 10 agro products of the northeast.

“Out of the 10 items, only memang narang (a wild species of orange which grows in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya) did not get GI tag as the process is yet to be completed. We are hopeful that it will also get the tag,” said Bhattacharjee.

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