Odisha seeks GI tag for Kandhamal Haladi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 09:10:57


BHUBANESWAR,

Jan 12,

(PTI),

THE Odisha Government has applied for a Geographical indication (GI) tag on Kandhamal Haladi (turmeric variety).The golden yellow spice, named after the district where it is produced, has been cultivated since time immemorial and is known for its medicinal value.The Central Tool Room & Training Centre (CTTC), under Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), filed the application on Thursday with supporting documents and test reports to justify its claim.It was accepted after due scrutiny by the GI Registrar authorities in Chennai, Sachi Kanta Kar, the head of Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) - CTTC, said.

A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. A team of experts, scientists and members of Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing (KASAM) have carried out research work for over two years on the origin and properties of the turmeric variety with technical guidance from the CTTC and the district administration.

“The application, with all supporting documents and test reports, has been filed at GI Registry office, Chennai,” Kar said. During field visits and interaction with the farmers, the researchers have collected data that could establish the uniqueness of Kandhamal Haladi - its historic importance and social relevance. More than 60,000 families (nearly 50% of Kandhamal population) are engaged in growing the variety.

The crop is sustainable in adverse climatic conditions, Kar said, adding that samples collected from different locations were tested at reputed laboratories for scrutiny. “It was noticed that the Kandhamal turmeric contains special medicinal values. It has high potentiality, suitable for industrial utility. The colour is golden yellow, well-distinguished from other varieties,” he said. The GI tag will protect the interests of Kandhamal farmers by enhancing the commercial value of Kandhamal Haladi, he said.