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Ladakh Sea Buckthorn Gets GI Tag


Why is it in the news?

  • Ladakh Sea Buckthorn, a versatile plant with various uses, has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indication Registry.

About Sea Buckthorn

  • Sea buckthorn is scientifically known as Hippophae rhamnoides.
  • In India, this plant thrives in the Himalayan region, particularly in arid zones like the cold deserts of Ladakh and Spiti.
  • Sea buckthorn is known for its small, orange or yellow berries, which, despite their sour taste, are rich in vitamin C.
  • This plant is highly regarded for its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, ranging from minus 43 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. Its drought-resistant nature makes it well-suited to arid environments.

Significance of Sea Buckthorn

  • Every part of the sea buckthorn plant, including the fruit, leaf, twig, root, and thorns, has been utilized for medicinal purposes. It is also used as a nutritional supplement and even as a source of fuel. This versatility in applications makes it a valuable resource.
  • Sea buckthorn plays a crucial role in the ecosystem. It provides sustenance for various bird species during periods of limited food sources. Additionally, its leaves serve as protein-rich fodder for cold desert animals like sheep, goats, and double-humped camels.
  • Sea buckthorn is affectionately known by several names, including the ‘Wonder Plant,’ ‘Ladakh Gold,’ ‘Golden Bush,’ or the ‘Gold Mine’ of cold deserts.

 

Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 A GI or Geographical Indication tag is a designation used for products that have a specific geographical origin or possess qualities that can be attributed specifically to that region.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Once a product receives a GI tag, no one else can sell a similar item under that name. This legal protection ensures that the product’s origin is recognized and protected.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The GI tag is valid for a period of 10 years, after which it can be renewed.

 

Benefits of GI Tag

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It confers legal protection to Geographical Indications in India, preventing unauthorized use by others.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 GI tags promote and protect the unique products of specific regions, thereby boosting exports.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 GI tags contribute to the economic prosperity of producers and artisans from the designated geographical territory.

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