GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION (GI) TAG TO 9 PRODUCTS

  • The Union government has granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to 9 products from across the country, including the Gamosa of Assam; Alibag White Onion from Maharashtra; Ladakh RaktseyKarpo Apricot; and AttappadyAattukombuAvara, among others.
  • Of the 9 GI tags given, five were for products from Kerala, including AttappadyThuvara, an important traditional crop of the Attappady tribal area in Palakkad district, KanthalloorVattavadaVeluthulli, KodungallurPottuvellari, AttappadyAattukombuAvara and OnattukaraEllu.
  • With this, the total number of registered GI products in India stands at 432.
  • A Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a sign used on products which have a specific geographical origin and qualities or reputation that are attributable to that origin.

Geographical Indication to Beypore Uru

  • The District Tourism Promotion Council, Kozhikode has applied for a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the famous Beypore Uru (boat).
  • It is a wooden dhow (ship / sailing boat / sailing vessel) handcrafted by skilled artisans and carpenters in Beypore, Kerala. According to details provided by the District Tourism Promotion Council in its filing with the Geographical Indications Registry here in Chennai, the Beypore Urus are a symbol of Kerala’s trade relations and friendship with the Gulf countries.
  • The Urus are purely made of premium wood, without using any modern techniques. The wood used to build the Uru is still sawed the traditional way which requires immense expertise. It takes one to four years to build each Uru and the entire process is done manually, said IPR Attorney P. Sanjai Gandhi, who filed the application.
  • Today, many artisans involved in Uru-making are over 50-70 years old and have been in the profession since their fathers passed on the tradition to them.
  • Records quoted in the filing show that Beypore has been a legendary maritime hub for traders from across the world since the 1st Century C.E. and the iconic Uru ships have been in high demand for around 2,000 years.

 

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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