Chhattisgarh's Nagri Dubraj rice variety gets geographical indication tag
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The Geographical Indications Registry has granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Nagari Dubraj, a fragrant rice from Chhattisgarh, to give a unique identity to the brand.
An overview of the news
The Morena and Rewa Mango (both Madhya Pradesh) have also been given the GI Tag.
This will give a new identity to these products in the national and international market.
About Nagri Dubraj Rice
The origin of Dubraj is believed to be from Shringi Rishi Ashram area of Sihawa.
Its reference is found in Valmiki Ramayana. Sihawa area is considered to be the source of Dubraj in various research papers.
The rice is of local variety and its grains are small, the rice is very soft to eat after cooking.
Maximum yield of six quintals is obtained from one acre.
The height of the paddy plant is short and the maturity period is 140 days.
It is produced by "Maa Durga Swashayata Group", a women's self-help group from Nagari in Dhamtari district and had applied for the GI tag.
What is a GI Tag?
It is an abbreviation of Geographical Indication.
It is an especial identity of any region, town or state.
The tag is given in the name of certain products or signs which symbolize the uniqueness of that particular area.
When a particular product is given a GI tag, it certifies that the product is made using traditional methods, has special properties.
Geographical Indication came into force on 15 September 2003.
Darjeeling tea was given the first GI tag in India in 2004-2005.
GI tag is given to products related to agriculture, handicrafts, food items, spirit drinks and industrial products.
India has more than 300 Geographical Indications as of now.
The rules and regulations of the GI tag are governed by the World Trade Organization Agreement on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights at the international level.
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