Five agricultural products from Kerala get Geographical Indication (GI) status

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Five agricultural products from Kerala get Geographical Indication (GI) status

Recently, the following agricultural products from Kerala- Attapadi Attukombu Avara, Attapadi Thuvara, Onattukara Elu, Kanthallur-Vattavada Veluthulli and Kodungallur Pottuvelari have been granted GI tag

Key Points about Latest GI Tag

  • Attappady Attucombu Avara (Beans): It is cultivated in Attappady (Palakkad). It is high in anthocyanin, which gives it its purple colour. It has anti-diabetic properties. It protects against heart diseases.
  • Attappadi Tuvara (Red Gram): It is rich in calcium, protein and fiber. Its seeds are white covered. Compared to other red gram, Attapadi thuvara has larger seeds and more seed weight.
  • Onattukara alu (Sesame): It is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium and magnesium. It has relatively high antioxidant properties. It is also rich in unsaturated fat. For this reason it is beneficial for heart patients.
  • Kantallur – Vattavada Veluthulli (Garlic): It is cultivated in Idukki. It contains high amount of sulphide, flavonoids and proteins. It is rich in allicin, which is effective against microbial infections, blood sugar, cancer, etc.
  • Kodungallur Potttuvellari (Snap Melon): It is cultivated in Kodungallur and some parts of Ernakulam and is harvested in summer. It contains high amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, fiber and fat.

Geographical Indication (GI)

  • Geographical Indication (GI) is a mark used for products with specific geographical origin / identity. Such products are endowed with special properties or fame because of their original origin.
  • Geographical Indication status is part of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
  • In India, GI registration is administered by the ‘Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999’.

Benefit:

  • It provides legal protection to Geographical Indications in India, preventing unauthorized use of registered Geographical Indications by others.
  • It promotes economic prosperity of the producers of goods produced/manufactured in the geographical area.

Source – The Hindu

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