Exports of GI-tagged Agri products

In line with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ vision, the central government decided to give a renewed thrust to the use of geographical indications (GI) tag to promote India’s unique agricultural products in the international markets.

GI-tagged agricultural products

There are 150 GI-tagged products in India, which are agricultural and food products. Out of 150 GI-tagged products around 100 registered GI products fall under the category of scheduled agricultural products (cereals, processed products, vegetables, etc). The two most popular GI-tagged agricultural products of India are Darjeeling Tea and Basmati Rice. However, many other GI-tagged products from various states have huge export potential.

Role of APEDA

  • Last year, Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) facilitated the exports of GI-tagged agricultural products such as Kala Namak Rice, Naga Mircha, Bangalore Rose Onion, Nagpur Oranges, Madurai Malli, Jalgaon Banana, etc.
  • APEDA organized promotional programs in importing countries in association with foreign retailers. Samples of certain GI-tagged products were sent to some countries to enhance exports.
  • APEDA also organized buyer-seller meets to the unique GI products from North East India such as Arunachal Orange, Tripura Queen Pineapple, Karbi Anglong Ginger, etc.

Some notable exports from India

Three GI varieties of Mango from West Bengal were exported to Bahrain and Qatar. GI-tagged Shahi Litchi was exported from the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar to the UK.  GI-tagged Banaganapalle Mango was exported from Andhra Pradesh to South Korea.

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