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With COVID-19 sweeping across the region, the farmers of Kandhamal Haldi have been left high and dry as procurement of the condiment has been badly affected by the pandemic.
- Though Kandhamal saw a bumper yield this year, less than 20% of raw turmeric has been sold so far, leaving the rest of the produce with the farmers.
About ‘Kandhamal Haldi’
- With more than 60% of the geographical area covered with hills and forest, Kandhamal offers ideal conditions for cultivation of various spices including turmeric, ginger, mustard and tamarind.
- ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ for which GI tag has been received is a pure organic product. Tribals grow the tuber without applying fertiliser or pesticide. The aromatic value and golden yellow colour of ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ make it stand out from the rest.
- The cultivation begins in the summer months of April and May.
- The tuber is harvested during December to February. The raw turmeric is then boiled and sun-dried.
- It was accorded a ‘GI Tag’ last year.
About Geographical Indication (GI) Tag
- A geographical indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
- GI tags are given on the basis of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act,1999.
- Geographical Indications are covered as a component of intellectual property rights (IPRs) under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
- At the International level, GI is governed by the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
- GI tag secures the quality and authenticity of a product to a particular geographical origin.
- It provides legal protection from duplication.
- The first product to get GI tag was Darjeeling Tea.