Nikhil Deshmukh | TNN | May 15, 2010, 02.55 AM IST
Pune: About 13 food items and utility produced in various parts of the state, known for their special taste and characteristics, are looking for financial support for securing Geographical Indication (GI) registration.
These items include Mahim Halwa, Kandi pedha from Satara, Nagpur orange and Lonavla chikki, among others. City-based Great Mission Group Consultancy (GMGC), which has already helped the Puneri Pagadi and the Mahabaleshwar Strawberry get the GI recognition, has identified these 13 items and is looking for sponsors, as the cost of one GI project is around Rs 3 lakh.
A geographical indication is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin — a town, region, or a country. The use of a GI may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
Till date, the GMGC has completed detailed project report and research for Puneri Pagadi, Solapur’s chaddar and towel, Nashik grapes and Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, which have received GI recognition from the Chennai-based Geographical Indication registry, which is set up by the Union government.
The other products identified by GMGC for GI status include Devgad Alphonso, Lasalgaon onion, Saswad fig, Latur Kesar mango, Udgir betel-nut-cutter, Tuljapur paradi (container), Kolhapur sandals, Sawantwadi toys and Kunthalgiri pedha. The organisation has done basic research for all the 13 products, and noticed that these products have potential to get GI registration.
Speaking to TOI, Ganesh Hingmire, chairman of the GMGC, said, “Before filing an application for GI registry, you need to prepare a detailed report about the product, its distinctiveness and how deep it is rooted in the particular geographical area. The average expenditure for one project is Rs 3 lakh, for which either the state government or association of manufacturers should contribute. There has been no initiative from the state government for securing GI status while raising money from manufacturers is not easy.”
According to Hingmire, the state government has money as well as power which can be utilised in protecting intellectual property rights of these manufacturers who are solely dependent on their special products. As it is a new concept, some manufacturers are in two minds. If the state government takes initiative, manufacturers will easily accept the concept and contribute funds.