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Shahi litchi from Bihar gets Geographical Indication Tag



Shahi litchi from Bihar gets Geographical Indication Tag: Details, Features, Importance, Highlights

Shahi Litchi from Bihar has received Geographical Indication (GI) tag from Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry and Intellectual Property India.

The GI registration was done in name of Muzaffarpur-based Litchi Growers Association of Bihar, which had applied for the tag.

Shahi Litchi is famous for its sweet, juicy, distinct flavor and aroma. It is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and adjoining areas of East Champaran, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai districts of Bihar state.

Bihar produces 40% of the litchis grown in India on 38% of the area.

Shahi Litchi GI tag will increase the demand for fruit and reduce the fear of fake and poor quality litchis. This will also help and benefit thousands of litchi growers who will gain access to more markets and get a better price for their produce in the country and for exporting abroad.

About Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

Geographical Indication (GI) tag is name or sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin.

GI tag is used for agricultural, natural and manufactured goods that have a special quality and established the reputation.

The goods and products having a GI tag are recognised for their origin, quality and reputation and give it required edge in the global market. It also ensures that none can use their name, giving them exclusivity.

In India, GI tag Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 governs it.


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