SHILLONG: 18 May 2023 (PTI Source)
Farmers and entrepreneurs from eight northeastern states in India have received authorization to use the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for 13 agricultural products.
This means that they can now use the GI tag to sell products like the Arunachal Orange, Assam’s Karbi Anglong Ginger, Tezpur Litchi, Manipur Chak-Hao’ Black Rice and Kachai Lemon, Khasi Mandarin Orange, Meghalaya’s Memang Narang Orange, Mizoram Mizo Chilli, Nagaland’s Naga Tree Tomato and Naga Sweet Cucumber, Tripura’ Queen Pineapple, Sikkim’s Big Cardamoms, and Skikkim’s Dalle Khursani chillies.
The North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC) will forward the user authorization applications to the Geographical Indication Registry, Chennai. According to Commodore Rajiv Ashok, Managing Director of NERAMAC, this initiative is a significant step towards promoting and protecting the traditional agricultural practices and products of the northeast region. The authorisation process is expected to enhance the competitiveness of farmers in domestic and international markets and create opportunities for increased income and livelihood.