Export of Regional, and GI Agri Products

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been identifying new GI tagged Agri products so that they can be exported to new destinations.

Overview:

  • Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a unique identifier that is given to a product, which defines the region of origin of that product.
  • This tag also signifies the product’s origin as that region’s intellectual property.
  • GI tag is a unique identity that one country cannot claim to be its own.
  • Great emphasis has also been placed by the government on connecting farmer producer companies, farmer producing organizations and exporters to create an export hub in Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi.
  • The country’s agriculture sector has played an important role in exports, especially during the pandemic thus cementing India’s place as an emerging major global food and agriculture product supplier.

Which GI products are exported from India?

Basmati Rice and Darjeeling Tea are the two most popular products that are exported from India. The government is trying to identify other such products which if marketed properly can reach more buyers across the world.

Trial Shipments of GI Products

Keeping in mind the Vocal for Local and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives the government, through the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA), has been trialling shipments into new markets across the world for certain products like Naga Mircha, Kala Namak rice, Bangalore Rose onion, Assam Kaji Nemu, GI varieties of Mangoes, Nagpur oranges, Bhalia wheat, GI-tagged Shahi Litchi, Bardhaman Sitabhog and Mihidana, Madurai Malli, Jalgaon Banana, Dahanu Gholvad Sapota, Marayoor jaggery, Vazhakulam pineapple, etc.

A lot of new GI products have been exported from the country to various locations across the world in 2021 such as Joynagar Moa from West Bengal to Bahrain. GI tagged products like mangoes, litchis have also been exported to other countries like South Korea, Italy, the UK, the USA, the UAE etc. GI tagged products from the northeast like Mizo Chilli, Meghalaya Khasi Mandarin, etc are also being promoted.

APEDA is constantly working to promote GI products across the world so that they can be exported to a global market.

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