- Well, the Odisha’s Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric), famous for its healing properties, is all set to receive GI tag.
- Well, the golden yellow spice, named after the district where it is produced, has been cultivated since time immemorial and is known for its medicinal properties.
- The turmeric is the main cash crop of the tribal people in the Kandhamal. Apart from the domestic use, the turmeric is also used for the cosmetic and the medicinal purposes.
- In fact, More than 60,000 families (nearly 50% of the Kandhamal population) are engaged in growing the variety. The crop is sustainable in adverse climatic conditions.
- Well, a GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and also industrial goods) originating from the definite geographical territory.
- Significance of a GI tag: Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin.
- The security: Once the GI protection is granted and no other producer can misuse the name to the market similar products. In fact, it also provides the comfort to the customers about the authenticity of that product.
- Provisions in this regard: GI is covered as element of intellectual property rights (IPRs) under Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property.
- Furthermore, at international level, the GI is governed by the WTO’s Agreement on the Trade-Related Aspects of an Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
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- In India, the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 governs it.