Tamil Nadu's Salem Sago gets GI tag
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Salem Starch and Sago Manufacturers Service Industrial Co-operative Society Limited, also known as SagoServe, recently received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Salem Sago.
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District Collector S Karmegam presented the GI certificate to Sagoserv Administrator Lalithaditya Neelam at an official program.
Salem district of Tamil Nadu has previously received the GI tag for raw silk and Malgoa mango, thereby contributing to the recognition of the region.
Other notable products from different regions, such as Tirupati Laddu and Palani Panchamirtham have also received the GI tag.
This recognition of Salem sago with a GI tag is expected to boost business opportunities for sago farmers and traders in the region.
Tamil Nadu contributes significantly to the national sago production, accounting for 40% of the total production.
Salem holds the leading position in sago production in Tamil Nadu.
Sagosarva, established in 1981, is a cooperative society with 374 members from various districts including Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Erode, Perambalur, Trichy, Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram.
What is a GI tag?
A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign given to products coming from a specific geographical location.
GIs certify that products are made using traditional methods or have specific qualities due to their origin.
It is used for food, handicrafts and industrial products.
The GI tag ensures that only authorized users can use the product name.
Who awards and regulates geographical indications?
These are a type of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) recognized and protected under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
The World Trade Organization (WTO)'s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) provides a framework for the protection of GIs at the international level.
In India, registration and protection of GIs is governed by theGeographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, which came into effect in September 2003.
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