- The Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Marketing Board has filed three applications seeking Geographical Indication (GI) tag for
- Kavindhapadi Nattu Sakkarai (country sugar),
- Ramnad Chithiraikar Rice and
- Salem Kannadi Kathiri (brinjal) at the Geographical Indications Registry office in Chennai.
- The local associations from where these products originate were the co-applicants while NABARD Madurai Agri Business Incubation Forum was the facilitator.
- According to the details provided by the co-applicant, Kavindhapadi Nattu Sakkarai and Vellam Urpathiyalargal Sangam in Erode, Kavindapadi is a major supplier of country sugar in the State.
- The Ramnad Chithiraikar Rice Farmer Producer Association was the co-applicant for the Ramnad Chithiraikar Rice. The association mentioned that this was the early existing red rice variety in the Thirupullani tracts of Ramnad district.
- The Salem West Kannadi Kathiri Farmers’ Producer Association, the applicants for the Salem Kannadi Kathiri (brinjal), said this was very famous in Salem and Erode.
- IPR Attorney P. Sanjai Gandhi filed all three applications on behalf of the applicants.
- A GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.
- Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin.
- Once the GI protection is granted, no other producer can misuse the name to market similar products. It also provides comfort to customers about the authenticity of that product.
- Any association of persons, producers, organisation or authority established by or under the law can be a registered proprietor.
- Their name should be entered in the Register of Geographical Indication as registered proprietor for the Geographical Indication applied for.
Validity of GI tag
- The registration of a geographical indication is valid for a period of 10 years.
- It can be renewed from time to time for further period of 10 years each.
- In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 which came into force with effect from September 2003.
- The first product in India to be accorded with GI tag was Darjeeling tea in the year 2004-05.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB