GI Tag to Manipur Black Rice, Gorakhpur Terracotta and Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai

On April 30, 2020, Black rice of Manipur, also called the Chak-Hao, Gorakhpur Terracotta and Kadalai Mittai of Kovilpatti bagged Geographical Indication tag.

Highlights

The application to receive Geographical Status for Chak Hao was initiated by North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC).

Black rice

This rice variety has a deep black colour and is higher by weight than that of other coloured rice varieties like brown rice, etc. The rice has higher weight and is black in colour mainly due to the anthocyanin agent. The rice is suitable for creating dessert, porridge. It is used in traditional bread, noodles and rice cake recipes of China.

Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai

Kadalai Mittai is a pea nut candy made in southern parts of Tamil Nadu. The candy is prepared from ground nut and jaggery. The water is exclusively used from the river Thamirabarani. According to the producers of the region the water from this particular river enhances the taste of the candy.

River Thamirabarani originates in the Western Ghats and flows into the Gulf of Mannar. It is a perennial river of Tamil Nadu.

Gorakhpur Terracotta

The terracotta of Gorakhpur is centuries old. The potters of the town make animal figures like elephants, horses. Every piece of arts created has more toil and has earned less remuneration so far. The GI tag will help to boost the potters’ income.

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