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Arecanut gets its first GI tag for ‘Sirsi Supari

Arecanut gets its first GI tag for ‘Sirsi Supari

For the first time in the arecanut sector, ‘Sirsi Supari’ grown in Uttara Kannada of Karnataka has received the Geographic Indication (GI) tag.

Sirsi Supari

It is cultivated in Yellapura, Siddapura and Sirsi taluks.

Totgars’ Cooperative Sale Society Ltd., Sirsi, is the registered proprietor of the GI.

The arecanut grown in these taluks have unique features like a round and flattened coin shape, particular texture, size, cross-sectional views, taste, etc.

These features are not seen in arecanut grown in any other regions.

GI Tags in India

A Geographical Indication is used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.

Such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to its origin in that defined geographical locality.

This tag is valid for a period of 10 years following which it can be renewed.

Recently the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry has launched the logo and tagline for the Geographical Indications (GI) of India.

The first product to get a GI tag in India was the Darjeeling tea in 2004. There are a total of 325productsfrom India that carry this indication.

Darjeeling Tea, Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Banarasi Sarees and Tirupati Laddus are some of the GIs.

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