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GI certified Gholvad Sapota (chikoo) from Maharashtra to UK

Published: 24th May, 2021

With the purpose of boosting exports of Geographical Indication (GI) certified products, a consignment of Dahanu Gholvad Sapota from Palghar district of Maharashtra was sent to United Kingdom.

Context

With the purpose of boosting exports of Geographical Indication (GI) certified products, a consignment of Dahanu Gholvad Sapota from Palghar district of Maharashtra was sent to United Kingdom.

About

About the GI Dahanu Gholvad Sapota

  • GI certification of Ghovad Sapota is held by Maharashtra.
    • It is a variety of locally known as Chiku.
    • The fruit is known for its sweet and unique taste.
    • The unique taste is derived from calcium rich soil.
  • GI products with its uniqueness, intrinsic value and practically no competition from outsiders, offers good potential for export.
  • APEDA has been thrust on promotion of exports of GI products.

What is about the Geographical Indication?

  • A geographical indication is a sign that is used on products having a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • Geographical Indication is granted to agricultural, natural, manufactured, handicraft which originates from a definite geographical territory.
  • India, as a member of the WTO, enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection)Act, 1999 that came into force with effect from 15th September 2003.
    • Under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the geographical indications are covered as an element of IPRs.
    • They are also covered under the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.
  • Issuing Authority: The tag is issued by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (Geographical Indication Registry).
    • The Geographical Indication Registry works under under the Department of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Time duration: A GI is registered for an initial period of ten years, which may be renewed from time to time.
  • Karnataka is leading in filing of Geographical Indications registered followed by Tamil Nadu and Kerala. 
  • Darjeeling tea became the first GI tagged product in India, in 2004–2005.

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