Nine organic and exotic agricultural products from Northeast India were accorded geographical indication (GI) registration tag.
GI tag will help to protect these exclusive special local crops and pave way for better branding and marketing of these products both in domestic and international Market.
Geographical Indication (GI) accorded products are
- Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger.
- Assam Tezpur Litchi.
- Meghalaya Khasi Mandarin.
- Sikkim Large Cardamom.
- Mizoram Bird Eye Chilly.
- Manipur Kachai Lemon.
- Tripura Queen Pineapple.
- Arunachal Orange.
- Nagaland Tree Tomato.
Union Government owned North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC) had played important role in getting GI registry. North Eastern Council (NEC) provided the financial support to this initiative.
About Geographical Indication (GI)
- Geographical Indication is an insignia on products having a unique geographical origin and evolution over centuries.
- It is a mark of authenticity and ensures that registered authorised users (or at least those residing inside the geographic territory) are allowed to use the popular product name.
- In India GI registration is governed by the Geographical Indications of goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
- Darjeeling tea was the first product in India accorded with GI tag.