Sojat Mehndi from Rajasthan, known for its medicinal values has received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. From the North East States, the traditional brew of Dimasa community, Judima from Assam and Naga Cucumber from Nagaland known for its high potassium content also bagged GI tags.
Note –Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag in 2004-05.
About GI Tag
i.A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
ii.GI are part of the intellectual property rights that comes under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Proper.
iii.In India, GI registration is done by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999.
iv.Registrations for geographical indications will remain valid unless the registration is cancelled. Geographical indications registered as collective and certification marks are generally protected for renewable ten-year periods.
Objective – GI Tag helps the genuine producers to avail optimum price for their premium goods even in the competitive market.
Rajasthan’s Sojat Mehndi
i.It originates from mehndi leaves grown in Sojat.
ii.They are cultivated naturally by rainwater for getting high lawsone content in leaves.
iii.Sojat tehsil of the Pali district in Rajasthan has several natural factors which are favourable for the crop, such as geological structure, topography, drainage system, climate, and soil.
iv.Fragrant oil is also extracted by drying the leaves and all parts of the plant have medicinal value.
Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
Tiger Reserves: Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar, Mukundara Tiger Reserve in Kota and Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur.
Assam’s rice wine, Judima
The traditional drink of Dimasa community, Judima, the wine brewed by them in Assam, was awarded the geographical indication (GI) tag.
- The wine made from rice and a certain herb, is the first beverage from the north-east to earn this label.
- Judima is part and parcel of the social and cultural lives of people of Dimasa community in Dimaso district in Assam.
Chief Minister: Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia and Borail Wildlife Sanctuary in Silchar.
The Nagaland’s Cucumber which are juicy, soft and sweet taste and grown organically, was granted the Geographical Indication (GI). It is known for its sweetness and distinctive green colour, and they contain low calories and high Potassium.
- They are traditionally cultivated by Naga farmers in their Jhum fields as a mixed crop mainly during the Kharif season (April –May).
- Some tribes like Konyak are found to grow cucumber all throughout the year by seed to seed method depending upon the soil type.
Chief Minister: Neiphiu Rio
Zoological Park: Nagaland Zoological Park located in Dimapur