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Kerala’s five agricultural goods receive the GI Label

  • Geographical Indication (GI) designation has been given to five Keralan agricultural products.

5 GI products

These are the latest Geographical Indications that have been registered-

  • As its name suggests, the Attappady Attukombu Avara is curved like a goat’s horn and is grown in the Attappady district of Palakkad. The stem and fruits are violet in colour due to its increased anthocyanin concentration when compared to other dolichos beans. Along with having anti-diabetic characteristics, anthocyanin is beneficial in the fight against cardiovascular illnesses. In addition, there contains a lot of calcium, protein, and fibre. Because of its increased phenolic content, which confers resilience to pests and diseases, can be grown organically.
  • Its seeds have a white coating, according to Attappady Thuvara. Attappady Thuvara seeds are larger and heavier than those of other red grammes. This tasty red gramme, which is used as a vegetable and dal, is high in calcium, magnesium, fibre, protein, and carbohydrates.
  • Garlic from Kanthalloor-Vattavada Veluthulli has higher levels of sulphides, flavonoids, and proteins than garlic grown in other regions. It contains a lot of allicin, a compound that fights bacteria, high blood sugar, cancer, cholesterol, heart disease, and damage to blood vessels. The garlic grown here has a lot of essential oils as well.
  • Using Onattukara Ellu’s oil: It is renowned for its distinctive health advantages. Onattukara Ellu’s relatively higher antioxidant concentration aids in the battle against free radicals, which kill body cells. Additionally, it is advantageous for heart patients due to its high unsaturated fat content.
  • It is grown in Kodungalloor and some areas of Ernakulam, and it is used in juice and other forms. This summertime harvest of snap melons is a great way to satisfy your thirst. It has a lot of vitamin C in it. When compared to other cucurbits, that has higher levels of nutrients like calcium, magnesium, fibre, and fat.
  • The basis for receiving a GI tag is the distinctive qualities of the products that are imparted by the agro-climatic conditions of the geographic location of their production.

Other GIs tags awarded

Nine additional products have been added to the existing list of Geographical Indications (GIs), including

  • Gamocha of Assam
  • Tandur red gram of Telangana
  • Raktsey Karpo apricot of Ladakh, and
  • Alibag white onion of Maharashtra

About GI Tag

  • GI is a term used to identify the geographic region from whence a product, whether it be an agricultural commodity, a natural product, or manufactured goods, originated and is recognised by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • It expresses the promise of excellence, distinctiveness, and qualities particular to that location/place of birth.
  • When India passed the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, which took effect on September 15, 2003, as a WTO member, it signed the convention.
  • A GI registry has been set up under the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks to manage the GI of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, which protects GI of goods.
Source—https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/states-five-agricultural-products-get-gi-tag/article66271422.ece
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