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Odisha seeks GI tag for Kandhamal turmeric

13-Jan-2018 in Current Affairs > State
  • Odisha seeks GI tag for Kandhamal turmeric. Kandhamal haladi (turmeric variety) the golden yellow spice, named after the district where it is produced, has been cultivated since time immemorial and is known for its medicinal value.
  • Kandhamal Haladi, a special variety of turmeric is indigenous to the region.
  • Kandhamal Haladi cultivation is environmentally resilient having low risk and high productivity. The crop is sustainable in adverse climatic conditions.
  • 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.
  • The GI indication confers legal protection to the item while preventing its unauthorised use. It will also promote the economic prosperity of the producers of the product while promoting the item on a global platform.
  • The first item from Odisha that received the GI tag was the Kotpad handloom fabric, followed by Ikkat and the Konark stone carving. At present, there are around 14 goods from the state in the list with the last addition being the patta chitra textile.

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