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Seven Products from Odisha gets GI Tags

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • Seven products from Odisha have been granted Geographical Indication (GI) tags, highlighting their unique cultural and economic significance.

The following are the list of Products

1) Kapdaganda Shawl

  • Woven and embroidered by Dongria Kondh tribe women.
  • Off-white coarse cloth with red, yellow, and green threads.
  • Motifs include lines and triangles reflecting the importance of mountains for the community.

2) Lanjia Saura Painting (Idital)

  • Belongs to the Lanjia Saura community.
  • White paintings on a crimson-maroon background.
  • Subjects include tribal humans, trees, animals, birds, the Sun, and the Moon.

3)  Koraput Kala Jeera Rice

  • Known as the ‘Prince of Rice’ for aroma, taste, texture, and nutritional value.
  • Helps increase haemoglobin levels and improves metabolism.

4) Similipal Kai Chutney

  • Made with red weaver ants found in Similipal forests.
  • Rich in medicinal and nutritional value, a good source of protein, calcium, zinc, vitamin B-12, iron, magnesium, potassium, etc.

5) Nayagarh Kanteimundi Brinjal

  • Known for prickly thorns on stems and plants.
  • Green, round fruits with more seeds.
  • Resistant to major insects, minimal pesticide required.

6) Khajuri Guda

  • Dark brown jaggery from date palm trees in Gajapati district.
  • Traditionally prepared in trapezoidal form called ‘Patali Gur’.
  • Organic by nature.

7) Dhenkanal Magji

  • Sweet made from cheese from buffalo milk.
  • Moisture drained, fried, and formed into balls.
  • Centre of origin believed to be Mandar-Sadangi area of Gondia block.
About Geographical Indication (GI)

·       A sign used on products with a specific geographical origin and unique qualities or reputation due to that origin.

·       Used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine, spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products.

·       Covered under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and TRIPS Agreement.

·       Defined in the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.

GI Tags and India:

·       Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 in India.

·       Administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks.

·       Registration valid for 10 years.

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