GI Tag in Agriculture cops
➢ GI status is an indication that identifies goods as produced from a particular area, which has special quality or reputation attributable to its geographical origin.
➢ The first product to get a GI tag in India was the Darjeeling Tea in 2004. There are a total of 344 products from India that carry this indication.
➢ Under Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, GIs are covered as an element of IPRs. GI is governed by WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
➢ In India, GI tag is governed by Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 with effect from 15th September 2003.
➢ GIs have great potential to play a major role in trade between countries.
➢ Darjeeling Tea was the first Indian product to get the geographical indication tag. In 2004, the famous beverage got the recognition.
➢ 17 products from different States accorded GI tags so far this year:
▪ Himachali Kala Zeera
▪ Jeeraphool from Chhattisgarh
▪ Kandhamal Haldi from Odisha
▪ Coorg Arabica coffee from Karnataka
▪ Wayanad Robusta coffee from Kerala
▪ Araku Valley Arabica from Andhra Pradesh
▪ Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee from Chikmagalur district,
▪ Bababudangiri Arabica Coffee from Bababudangiri region of
▪ Araku Valley Arabica Coffee from Andhra Pradesh
▪ Sirisi Supari from Karnataka
▪ Himachali Chulli oil
▪ Erode Turmeric from Tamilnadu
▪ Marayur Jaggery from Kerala
▪ Palani Panchamirtham from Tamil Nadu
▪ Tawlhlohpuan, is a fine quality fabric woven in Mizoram
▪ Mizo Puanchei, a colourful Mizo shawl/textile, from Mizoram
▪ Tirur betel vine, cultivated in Malappuram district of Kerala, is
valued for its medicinal and cultural usages.
Who issues GI Tag in India?
GI tags are issued as per the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act,1999. This tag is issued by the Geographical Indication Registry under the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Examples of the GI Tag in India:-
|1. Darjeeling Tea||Agriculture||West Bengal|
|2. Aranmulla Kannadi||Handicraft||Kerala|
|3. Pochampalli Ikat||Handicraft||Telangana|
|4. Salem Fabric||Handicraft||Tamil Nadu|
|5. Chnaderi Sarees||Handicraft||Madhya Pradesh|
|6. Solapur Chaddar||Handicraft||Maharashtra|
|7. Solapur Terry Towel||Handicraft||Maharashtra|
|8. Kotpad Handloom fabric||Handicraft||Odisha|
|9. Mysore Silk||Handicraft||Karnataka|
FAQs on the Geographical Indication Tag
Question 1. What is a Geographical Indication?
a. GI Tag is an indication or symbol to recognize the origin of a product.
b.GI Tag is used to ensure good quality of agricultural, natural, or manufactured goods.
c.The manufactured goods should be produced or processed or prepared in that territory for which the GI is issued.
Question 2. What are the benefits of geographical indications?
a. It prevents duplication of the tagged products so in another way it provides legal protection to Geographical Indications in India.
b. This Tag is given to good quality products so it increases customer satisfaction.
c. The good quality of the products opens the international door for the producers.
d. Increases the revenue of the producers and employment in the region.
Question 3. Who is an authorised user of the GI tag?
A producer of goods can apply for registration of GI Tag. If GI tag is issued to him then he/she is called the authorised user of the GI tag. No other individual/area can use this tag.