On Odisha Day (1st April 2019) 'Kandhamal Haldi', a variety of turmeric indigenous to southern Odisha, got the Geographical indication (GI) tag from Intellectual Property India, an organization functioning under the Union ministry of Commerce & Industry.
Kandhamal in southern Odisha is famed for its turmeric, a spice that enjoys its pride of place in an array of cuisines.
The 'Kandhamal Haldi' also stands out for its healing properties and arresting aroma. The recognition coincided with Odisha’s Foundation Day (Utkal Divas). Odisha, on April 1, 1936, was declared as a separate state in the then British India.
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.
Capital: Bhubaneshwar (Also Largest City)
Official Language: Odia
Governor: Ganeshi Lal
Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik