Five more products from Maharashtra get GI certificates

TNN | Jul 19, 2016, 11.55 PM IST

Pune: Marathwada’s Kesar mango, Dahanu Gholwad chikoo, Jalgaon banana, Mulshi Ambemohar rice and Bhiwapur chilli on Saturday joined the list of agricultural products from the state to get geographical identification (GI) certificates.

A GI is a name or sign used on certain products that corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin, such as a town, region or country. It indicates a community’s intellectual property attached to that particular product.
“It took three years and six months to get GIs for these products. Getting a GI means that the product’s uniqueness has been verified by an expert committee of the Government of India,” said Ganesh Hingmire, chairman of Great Mission Group Consultancy, which has worked to secure the certification.

A GI helps the community get a premium price for the product, such as the world-renowned Darjeeling tea. The tag creates a distinct identity, assures the buyers of quality, brings reputation to the product and creates an international market for it.

The Marathwada Kesar mango is one of the sweetest varieties of the fruit and its export has been promoted. Its total soluble sugar content has been proved to be high. “The variety is also found in Junagarh in Gujarat, but the taste is different since the area is close to the sea. The Marathwada mangoes are sweeter due to the dry condition,” Hingmire said.

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