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Andhra Pradesh plans to GI tag horticulture products

Visakhapatnam: The AP government has decided to take up geographical indication (GI) registration of five horticultural products of the state in the coming days including the King of Fruits originating from Kurnool – the Banginapalli Mango (named after the former princely state Banginapalli).

The other four products include Tella Chekkerakeli Banana (mostly grown in coastal districts), Palasa Cashew (Srikakulam), Duggirala Turmeric (Guntur) and KP Onion (Kurnool). The state government has accorded permission to the horticulture commissioner for taking up the GI for the five horticultural products in association with the National Skill Foundation of India, which is located in Gurgaon.

Speaking to TOI, horticulture commissioner Chiranjiv Choudhary said, “These five products are state specific local products and if we get GI tagging, it will help in branding of the product because it is specific to the region and particular locality with special taste. Once GI tag is recognised, it automatically becomes a well known product and leads to better marketing and better rates.”

Moreover, he said, “The process takes around one to one-and-half years and there are several stages to go through and meet various conditions as per WTO regulations. So, we want to get these five products notified first and then go for other products. These five products are quite well known, but not yet recognised.”

According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), “Geographical indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place. In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin. Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.”

Geographical indications are typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products, WIPO has stated.

Further, WIPO says, “The GI right enables those who have the right to use the indication to prevent its use by a third party whose product does not conform to the applicable standards. For example, in the jurisdictions in which the Darjeeling geographical indication is protected, producers of Darjeeling tea can exclude use of the term “Darjeeling” for tea not grown in their tea gardens or not produced according to the standards set out in the code of practice for the geographical indication.”


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