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.
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.
- 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.