Chhattisgarh's Nagri Dubraj rice variety gets geographical indication tag

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Chhattisgarh's Nagri Dubraj rice variety gets geographical indication tag

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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