Geographical Indication (GI) tag was granted by the Geographical Indication Registry to Erode turmeric from Tamil Nadu after a process spread over 8 years. The cultivar is known as Erode local (Chinnanadan).
The average length of the fingers of turmeric is approximately 4.15 cm and the average circumference is 3.03 cm.
The average bulb length of the mother rhizome is about 4.54cm and the average circumference is 6.54cm
It consists of 2.5-4.5% curcumin, has a golden yellow color and is resistant to pests after boiling.
GI tag is name or sign used on certain products which correspond to specific geographical location or origin.
GI Tag is used for agricultural, natural and manufactured goods have a special quality and established a reputation. The goods and products having a tag are recognized for their origin, quality, and reputation and gives it required edge in the global market. It also ensures that none can use their name, giving them exclusivity.
The registration of GI is valid for 10 years after which it needs to be renewed. Violation of GI tags is a punishable offense under the law. The purpose of the GI tag enables stakeholders to authenticate their production while earning a premium and derive an improved livelihood.