Indian Coffee Varieties Got A GI Gold Mine

Indian Coffee Varieties Got A GI Gold Mine
Indian Coffee Varieties Got A GI Gold Mine

Five varieties of Indian coffee were granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

In Details :-

  • The Indian varieties of Coffee – Coorg Arabica Wayanad, Robusta coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica coffee, Araku Valley Arabica coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica coffee were awarded the GI tag by the Chennai-based Intellectual Property India.
  • Already, the Monsooned Malabar Robusta Coffee was accorded the GI tag.

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How GI Tag Helps ?

  • Products or items with the geographical indication (GI) have origins at specific geography. This specificity is the reason for its reputation and quality.
  • Similar to copyright, trademark and Intellectual Property, GI tag gives protection to the holders of GI tag.
  • Through the indication, the holders of the tag can prevent any third party from using the GI product.
  • As India is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), it had enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999.
  • The law gives the authority to the Intellectual Property India, Chennai to issue GI tags.
  • the body undertakes proper scrutiny of the GI applications.

Recently Sanctioned GIs :-

  • Here are some of the recent items accorded with GI tags: Shahi Litchi, Katarni Rice, Zardalu Mango, Maghai Paan, Erode Turmeric, Marayoor Jaggery, Sirsi Supari, Konkan Alphonso, etc.

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Conclusion :-

  • India has a rich diversity and geographical significance for many of its produce and products.
  • The small and marginal farmers/artisans/businesses who bring out these products need protection from adulteration and illegal use.
  • GI tag is thus playing a key role in protecting their products and also fetching them good returns.
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