Recent GI Tags
- Manipur black rice : Manipur black rice, popularly known as ‘Chakhao’ by the locals, has bagged the Geographical Indication (GI) tag, according to Geographical Indications Registry. The application for Chakhao was filed by the Consortium of Producers of Chakhao (Black Rice), Manipur and was facilitated by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur and the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited.
- Chakhao, a scented glutinous rice which has been in cultivation in Manipur over centuries, is characterised by its special aroma. It is normally eaten during community feasts and is also served as Chakhao kheer. Chakhao has also been used by traditional medical practitioners as part of traditional medicine. It is sold at ` 100-120 a kilogram on an average in the Imphal market.
- Gorakhpur Terracotta : Gorakhpur is one of the major and largest districts of Uttar Pradesh that comes under Gorakhpur Division and Gorakhpur city is the administrative headquarters of the district. The famed baked clay or ‘terracotta’ products made from the special soil found in Bhathat area of Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district. Terracotta products are a major source of income for the residents of Aurangabad area in this district. The terracotta artists make various structures like bells, vases, Ganeshas, tables, elephants, deer, horses, bullock carts, horse carts, lamps and chandeliers. The raw material used for this craft is a type of soil available locally. It gives the item a natural colour. Around 200 households are engaged in this work.
- Thanjavur Netti works : Thanjavur Netti Works (pith works) earned the Geographical Indication Tag by the GI registry. Thanjavur Netti Works (Thanjavur Pith Work) is crafted from Netti (pith), a marshy plant known as Aeschynomene Aspera. Being a traditional craft, it has been handed down from one generation to another. Netti Works are visible in the Brihadeeswara Temple, garlands, idols of Hindu deities, door hangings and decorative items. The pith work industry has been recognised as one of the significant handwork symbols. Netti works are produced in Thanjavur, Kumbakonam and Pudukkottai. Due to their fragile nature, the Pith works are kept inside a glass box to preserve them well.
- Arumbavur wood carvings : The Arumbavur wood carvings by the artisans of Perambalur are primarily made out of the wooden logs of, Mango, Lingam tree, Indian Ash tree, Rosewood, Neem tree. The artisans mainly source the wood from the Pachamalai Hills along the Tiruchy- Perambalur border and the Thanjavur-Kumbakonam belt. Several temple cars with artistic features are even seen at the temples in the districts of Perambalur, Ariyalur, Tiruchy, Salem, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Thanjavur and Madurai which were crafted by the forefathers of Arumbavur Temple car sthapatis (idol makers). One of the uniqueness of the craft is the entire design carved out of a single block of wood given which means that a single error could damage the entire piece.
- Kovilpatti kadalaimittai : Kovilpatti kadalai mittai-peanut candy from the southern part of Tamil Nadu – was granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Deputy Registrar of the Registry, Chennai, informed that the coveted status was granted to Kovilpatti Regional Kadalaimittai Manufacturers and Retailers Association in Kovilpatti in Thoothukudi district. The candy is produced from groundnuts and organic jaggery obtained from specific locations. Water from the Thamirabarani is used to enhance its taste.
- It gets its unique flavour from the use of the special Theni jaggery. While regular jaggery is brown, hardened and sold in round lumps, Theni jaggery is fresh, pale and in soft triangular blocks. The groundnuts are carefully sourced from the nearby town of Aruppukottai. They are first shelled and roasted in a machine before being held together with glistening syrup and topped with wisps of grated coconut dyed pink, green and yellow. Each 100 mg candy has protein, energy, carbohydrate and fat. A large number of workers are engaged in making the candy in Kovilpatti and nearby regions. It is sold not only in Tamil Nadu and other states but also exported to various countries.
- In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999. Geographical indications are typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products. The first product in India to get GI tag was Darjeeling tea in the year 2004-05.
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