Geographical indication – Cumbum Valley

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Geographical indication – Cumbum Valley

Geographical indication – Cumbum Valley 

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A registered farmers’ organization in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu has demanded a geographical indication (GI tag) for the grape species “CumbumPaneerThratchai”.

Kambampaneerthratchai grapes

  • “KambamPaneerThratchai” is a species of grape. Its main feature is that the cultivation of this grape continues throughout the year in the Kambam Valley of Tamil Nadu.
  • Since these grapes are produced in two seasons a year, their yield and income from them is high. This special variety of grapes is cultivated on about 2,000 acres of land in 10 villages located in the Kambam Valley.
  • Generally, grape cultivation takes place in other parts of India from January to April.
  • The grapes grown in Kamban Valley are suitable for making wine, spirit, jam, canned grape juice and raisins.

Which product is given a GI tag?

  • GI tags are given to products that originate in a particular region. The specialty and reputation of these products are established by being produced in that particular region.
  • After receiving this tag, it is prohibited to sell anything else in the market, taking the name of the related product.
  • The GI tag is defined under Article-22 (1) of the WTO Agreement.
  • According to the first treaty on the protection of industrial property, GI tags have been considered as an element of intellectual property rights.
  • Internationally the intellectual property rights of the GI tag are governed by the agreement on trade-related aspects. In India, it is governed by the Geographical Objects Indications (Registration and Security) Act, 1999.

Geographical Indication Registration:

  • Under sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, the Director General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks is appointed as GI Tag Registrar.
  • The Central Government periodically appoints officers with appropriate designations to assist the Registrar in his work.

Source – The Hindu


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