Odisha’s Kandhamal Haldi to get GI tag

The Odisha’s Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric) will soon get Geographical Indications (GI) tag. It is a few steps away from receiving this tag. Its registration was moved by Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing and was accepted under sub-section (1) of Section 13 of Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Kandhamal Haldi is famous for its healing properties. It is the main cash crop of tribal people in Kandhamal. Apart from domestic use, it is also used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.

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About GI tag

  • GI tag is name or sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin. It is used for agricultural, natural and manufactured goods have a special quality and established a reputation.
  • The purpose of GI tag enables stakeholders to authenticate their production while earning a premium and derive an improved livelihood.
  • The goods and products having the tag are recognized for their origin, quality, and reputation and gives it required edge in the global market. It also ensures that none can use their name, giving them exclusivity. The registration of GI is valid for 10 years after which it needs to be renewed. Violation of GI tags is a punishable offense under the law.
  • GI is covered as an element of intellectual property rights (IPRs) under the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. At an international level, GI is governed by WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). In India, GI tag Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 governs it. This Act is administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks, who is also Registrar of Geographical Indications and is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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