As it is commonly said that Identity is the expression of valuable possession. It is a moment of happiness that Shahi litchi also got a new identity when it was awarded the geographical indication tag. The geographical indication (GI) tag is awarded by India Patent office and it lays an exclusive claim on the assurance of quality and distinctiveness.
Shahi litchi is famous for it’s sweet, juicy unique flavour and aroma. It is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and the neighboring districts of East Champaran, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai. The tag has been awarded after more than an year of efforts which were initiated with the registration process. After completing the process, details of the product were published under the patent rights in government of India’s geographical indication journal and were kept there for the past three months inviting objections.
“No objections came during this period following which the tag was awarded“, said R.K Lohane,director at the Bihar Agriculture University in Sabour. This news came on Tuesday and was the most awaited news said, Vishal Nath, Director of National Research Centre on Litchi (NRCL) .
Originally, the Litchi Growers Association of Bihar Applied for the tag, said Baccha Prasad Singh ( President of the Association). The GI tag will benefit litchi growers giving them access to more markets for getting better price and this will benefit the rural economy in the remote areas.This tag is valid for a period of 10 years following which it can be renewed, GI is covered under a law of World Trade Organization (WTO).
“The tag will put an effective check on litchi growers of other states like Bengal, Uttarakhand and Punjab, who have been selling their products as Shahi Litchi,”said the president of Litchi Growers Association of Bihar, Bachcha Prasad Singh, “Now, Bihar litchi growers will get an exclusive right to market Shahi litchi and it will definitely help them get better price for their product.”
Darjeeling Tea was the first product to get the GI tag in the year of 2004.
The other products from Bihar that were awarded this tag are Jardalu Mango, Kalarni Rice and Magahi paan, Madhubani paintings , Bhagalpur silk and Sikki Grass work.
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