Did You Know About India's GI Tagged Agricultural Produce?

Did You Know About India's GI Tagged Agricultural Produce?
Fresh harvest of Naga Mircha, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Did you know about these GI tagged agricultural produce?

Precious Kamei
August 11 , 2019
03 Min Read

There are popular items and then there are Geographical Indication (GI) tagged items. The latter is just as special as they can get. According to the Article 22(1) of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights(TRIPS) Agreement, GI tags are "Indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a member, or a region or a locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin." It's something special, we get it. But here's one more fact about GI tagged items: one can't just freely use the tag on any product of their choice, tagging is specific to registered and authorised user and in case of a specific region, by those residing inside that particular geographic territory. It's called Darjeleing tea for a reason, you see.

All GI tagged items are divided into 12 categories—Agriculture, Handicrafts, Manufactured, Foodstuff, Textile, Handmade Carpets, Natural Goods, Clothing, Natural, Spice, Forest Produce and Footwear. Here we are going to look into agricultural items, lets see how many are there and how many we were actually aware of. There are 96 GI tagged agricultural produce in total.
Assam: Assam (Orthodox)Logo, Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger, Tezpur Litchi, Joha Rice
Andhra Pradesh: Guntur Sannam Chilli, Banaganapalle Mangoes and Araku valley Arabica coffee
Arunachal Pradesh: Arunachal Orange
Bihar: Bhagalpuri Zardalu
Gujarat: Gir Kesar Mango and Bhalia Wheat
Himachal Pradesh: Kangra Tea
Fresh Coorg orangesKarnataka: Coorg Orange, Mysore Betel leaf, Nanjanagud Banana, Mysore Malligae,Udupi Malligae, Hadagali Malligae, Coorg Green Cardamom, Monsooned Malabar Arabica Coffee, Monsooned Malabar Robusta Coffee, Bydagi Chilli, Devanahalli Pomello, Appemidi Mango, Kamalapur Red Banana, Udupi Mattu Gulla Brinjal, Bangalore Blue Grapes, Bangalore Rose Onion, Coorg arabica coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica coffee, Bababudangiri arabica coffee and Sirsi Supari.
Black pepper from Malabar region, KeralaKerala: Navara Rice, Palakkadan Matta Rice, Malabar Pepper, Alleppey Green Cardamom, Pokkali Rice, Vazhakkulam Pineapple, Central Travancore Jaggery, Wayanad Jeerakasala Rice, Wayanad Gandhakasala Rice, Kaipad Rice, Chengalikodan Nendran Banana, Marayoor jaggery and Wayanad Robusta coffee.
Manipur: Kachai Lemon
Meghalaya: Memong Narang and Khasi Mandarin
Mizoram: Mizo Chilli
Strawberries from Mahabaleshwar, MaharashtraMaharashtra: Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Nashik Grapes, Kolhapur Jaggery, Nagpur Orange, Karvath Kati Sarees & Fabrics, Ajara Ghansal Rice, Waigaon Turmeric, Mangalwedha Jowar, Bhiwapur Chilli, Sindhudurg & Ratnagiri Kokum, Waghya Ghevada, Navapur Tur Dal, Ambemohar Rice, Vengurla Cashew, Sangli Raisins, Lasalgaon Onion, Dahanu Gholvad Chikoo, Beed Custard Apple, Jalna Sweet Orange, Jalgaon Banana, Marathwada Kesar Mango, Purandar Fig, Jalgaon Bharit Brinjal and Solapur Pomegranate
Naga tree tomato from NagalandNagaland: Naga Mircha and Naga Tree Tomato
Odisha: Ganjam Kewda Rooh and Ganjam Kewda Flower
Sikkim: Sikkim Large Cardamom
Tripura: Tripura Queen Pineapple
Tamil Nadu: Eathomozhy Tall Coconut, Nilgiri (Orthodox), Virupakshi Hill Banana, Sirumalai Hill Banana, Madurai Malli and Erode Turmeric
Uttar Pradesh: Allahabad Surkha Guava, Mango Malihabadi Dusseheri and Kalanamak Rice
Tea garden in Darjeeling, West BengalWest Bengal: Darjeeling Tea (Word), Darjeeling Tea (Logo), Laxman Bhog Mango, Khirsapati (Himsagar) Mango, 
Fazli Mango grown in the district of Malda, Tulaipanji Rice and Gobindabhog Rice

And Basmati.

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