Basmati GI tag conflict: MP CM ‘condemns’ Amarinder’s letter to PM Modi

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 6

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday “condemned” Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi concerning Madhya Pradesh’ efforts to get a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for its “famous Basmati rice”, terming the transfer “inspired by politics”.

“I condemn the letter written to the Prime Minister by the Congress authorities of Punjab within the matter of GI tagging of Basmati rice of Madhya Pradesh and think about it politically impressed.

“I wish to question the Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, as to what hostility he has with the farmers of Madhya Pradesh. It is not a matter of Madhya Pradesh or Punjab, it is a matter of farmers of the entire country and their livelihood,” an official assertion mentioned, quoting Chouhan.

Referring to the historic connection of Basmati rice of Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan just lately urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant a GI standing to the state’s Basmati rice “to encourage farmers and Basmati rice based industries”.

According to Madhya Pradesh officers, amidst Chouhan’s efforts to get GI tag for the well-known basmati rice exported by the State, the Chief Minister of Punjab wrote a letter to Prime Minister yesterday, searching for his intervention on this regard.

In his letter, Singh mentioned it might have an effect on the pursuits of Punjab and different states whose Basmati rice already has a ‘GI tag’.

Singh additionally mentioned Pakistan may additionally profit if this occurs, as per MP officers. 

However, in line with Chouhan, “The case of Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) with Pakistan has no reference to the claims of Madhya Pradesh.

“Because it comes underneath the GI Act of India and has no reference to the claims of Basmati rice inside the nation. Exporters of Punjab and Haryana are shopping for Basmati from Madhya Pradesh.

“The central government’s export data confirms this. The Central government has been supplying ‘breeder seed’ of basmati rice to Madhya Pradesh since the year 1999,” he mentioned.

Chouhan mentioned it’s recorded within the then ‘Scindia State’ information that within the yr 1944, seeds have been provided to the farmers of the state.

The Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad, has recorded in its ‘Production Oriented Survey Report’ that Basmati rice is being produced in Madhya Pradesh for the reason that final 25 years, Chouhan mentioned,  including that GI tagging to Madhya Pradesh will stabilise the costs of India’s basmati rice within the worldwide markets and increase the nation’s export.

“Basmati is being produced in 13 districts of Madhya Pradesh since the year 1908 and has been registered in history. Basmati rice of Madhya Pradesh is considered very tasty and is famous both in the country and abroad for its flavours and fragrance,” he mentioned, including that IIRR, Hyderabad, and different specialist establishments have confirmed reviews in reference to the normal cultivation of basmati in Madhya Pradesh.

Chouhan has sought a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for ‘Basmati’ rice produced in his state.

A GI tag is a sign used on merchandise which have a selected geographical origin and possess qualities or a popularity which can be as a result of origin. The tag conveys an assurance of high quality and distinctiveness and performs a serious position in commerce, bettering its prospects. 

Geographical indications are sometimes used for agricultural merchandise, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial merchandise.  

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