Exporters oppose GI tag for MP’s fragrant rice

Vijay C Roy

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8

Basmati exporters are up in arms in opposition to the Madhya Pradesh authorities for searching for Geographical Indication (GI) tag for basmati produced within the state. According to them, it is going to dilute the GI demarcation and lots of different nations may soar into the fray and they’d lose prospects for exports.

‘Move will dilute niche basmati market’

The day we grant GI tag for basmati of Madhya Pradesh, nations similar to Pakistan and China will even search GI tag moreover over 50 nations, which have been unequivocally restricted from calling any of their fragrant rice with even “basmati-like” names — Vijay Setia, ex-president, All India Rice Exporters Association

A GI tag is a sign used on merchandise which have a selected geographical origin and possesses qualities which can be on account of that origin.

On Monday final, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan requested Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar for the GI tag for basmati produced within the state.

As of now, basmati grown within the designated areas falling beneath the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) and unfold throughout states similar to Himachal, components of J&Okay, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, western Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are lined beneath the GI.

Taking a step on this course, the All India Rice Exporters Association has written a letter to the Chief Ministers of all seven states to take up the difficulty with the PMO and assist Indian basmati retain its immaculate picture.

The exporters concern India will lose the worldwide platform for its most-precious agro commodity if the MP fragrant rice will get the GI tag.

“Madhya Pradesh, which does not fall in the IGP, has been making representations to include it in the basmati-growing areas so as to avail the benefits of GI protection. It is significant to note that these representations are made by MP despite the relevant IPR authorities having rejected the said request,” acknowledged a letter written to Haryana Chief Minister.

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