Seven Odisha Products Secure Coveted Geographical Indication (GI) Tags

  • 10 Jan 2024

In a nod to Odisha's rich heritage, recently seven unique products from the state have clinched the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag, emphasizing their exclusivity and superior quality.

  • This recognition extends to various goods, from the Similipal Kai chutney crafted with red weaver ants to the intricately embroidered Kapdaganda shawl, celebrating their origin and distinctiveness.

Key Points

  • Authenticity Assured: GI tags affirm the quality and distinct attributes linked to a specific geographical region, ensuring authenticity and preventing unauthorized duplication.
  • Legal Protection: The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, shields these products, enabling legal actions against unauthorized traders using the protected names.
  • Kapdaganda Shawl: Reflecting the Dongria Kondh tribe's heritage, this embroidered shawl symbolizes nature's elements and affection within the community.
  • Lanjia Saura Painting: Celebrating the Lanjia Saura community's gratitude toward nature, these murals depict tribal life and deities.
  • Koraput Kala Jeera Rice: Dubbed the 'Prince of Rice,' this black variety boasts aroma, taste, and nutritional benefits, rooted in centuries-old cultivation practices.
  • Similipal Kai Chutney: Crafted from red weaver ants, this traditional chutney holds medicinal value and is a source of essential nutrients.
  • Nayagarh Kanteimundi Brinjal: Known for its unique taste and thorny appearance, this brinjal variety from Nayagarh district offers quick cooking and resistance to pests.
  • Odisha Khajuri Guda: Extracted from date palm trees in Gajapati district, this jaggery-like sweetener boasts an organic, trapezoidal form.
  • Dhenkanal Magji: Originating from buffalo milk cheese, this distinct sweet delight boasts unique flavors and nutritional value, deeply rooted in the region's heritage.