Kandhamal Haldi earns Geographical indication (GI) tag
Kandhamal Haldi a variety of turmeric indigenous to southern Odisha earns Geographical indication (GI) tag.
- Kandhamal in Odisha’s southern hinterland is famous for its turmeric cultivation, a spice that enjoys its pride of place in an array of cuisines.
- Kandhamal Haldi has more oleoresin and volatile oil contents compared to other turmeric varieties.
- Kandhamal Haldi gives strong aroma and has a high medicinal value.
Geographical Indication defines the goods as originating in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory, provided a given quality reputation or other characteristics of the product are attributable to its geographical origin. The product to acquire GI tag has to indicate that a product of a particular origin has a certain quality or reputation or some other characteristics, which is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.
The GI tag in India is governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 and is administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, who is the Registrar of Geographical Indications and functions under the auspices of the Union ministry of commerce & industry.