GI tag status of Agro-horticulture Produces of North East India
Food Marketing & Technology - India|October 2020
North Eastern Region of India is the hub of organic and exotic agro horticultural produces.
Subhas Bhattacharjee

Region is characterized with diversified agro climate conditions i.e. favorable environment conditions to produce multiple crops. Rich water resources, fertile land and soil to produce quality crops are the strength of the region. NE Region comprises of eight states and is a basket full of opportunities for the unusual and the special spices and herbs. Most of its productions are naturally organic and has enormous potential now and is expected to grow more on the post-covid resurgence when there is a demand for organic, all natural, traditional vegan, immunity foods, high protein foods, functional foods and nutraceutical.

GI (Geographical Indication) is a form of intellectual property right, which provide exclusivity and legal protection to a product in a defined geographical area. It helps a community of producers to differentiate their products in the market and build goodwill, which often fetches a premium price. For the consumers, GI act as a stamp, which help them to identify genuine quality products. India enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 and the act came into force on September 2003.

Geographical indication is given to identify agricultural, natural or manufactured goods, which possess certain special qualities or characteristics based on the climatic or production conditions unique to a geographical location. GI registration is an initiative to preserve and promote the biodiversity of the region and it also helps farmers secure better remuneration for their produce. Interestingly, this region of India already has as many as seventeen agro-horticultural products from across the eight states with the coveted GI tag, thus giving them the much-needed recognition that these belong exclusively to the region and are legally protected from being produced, processed and value added elsewhere.

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