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HATHEI CHILLI AND TAMENGLONG ORGANGE GETS GI TAG

HATHEI CHILLI AND TAMENGLONG ORGANGE GETS GI TAG

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Hathei chilli, commonly known as the Sirarakhong chilly and Tamenglong Orange of Manipur have received the Geographical Index (GI) tag recently. 

Hathei chilli:

  • It is grown by the locals of the Sirarakhong village in the Ukhrul district.
  • Locals consider it as ‘God’s gift’
  • It is so popular that an annual festival is held to promote the chilli.
  • It has been discovered by the villagers when they were hunting in the forest.
  • The village also has a folk song for the chilli, comparing it to a prized shawl of the Tangkhul Naga tribe known as ‘Khuilang’.

Tamenglong orange:

  • It is famous for its acidic taste and well-blended sweetness.
  • It is found mostly in the Tamenglong district, produces over half of the state’s annual production of the orange.
  • The Tamenglong district is known as the Manipur’s ‘orange bowl’ that produces over half of the state’s annual production of the orange.
  • Tamenglong orange has been promoted by the state by the Orange festival held in December for over a decade.

GI tag:

  • It is a name given to certain products that have a specific geographical location or origin.

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