Five more unique horticulture products from Andhra Pradesh are set to get the Geographical Indication tag. The state already has over 22 GI-tagged products.
The new products which are going to get the tag are Banginapalli mangoes, Tellachakkerakeli banana, Palasa cashew, Duggirala turmeric and Krishnapuram onion. The GI tagging will be done after registration through the National Skill Foundation of India (NSFI) at Gurgaon in Haryana.
The signature mango variety, Banginapalli gets its name from the Banginapalli town in Kurnool district. Now the variety is grown across Andhra and Telangana.
Tellachakkerakeli banana, also known as the Godavari Chakkerakeli, is a delicious fruit native to coastal Andhra. It is highly prized for its characteristic taste, aroma and quality.
The Palasa cashew is produced by the cashew processing industries in Palasa-Kasibugga in Srikakulam district and is exported to the Gulf and European countries.
Duggirala turmeric is exported to countries like Russia, United States, UK and Japan.
Krishnapuram onion is grown in Kadapa district and exported to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
A geographical indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or reputation that are due to that origin and is valid for an initial period of 10 years and can be renewed.
Andhra Pradesh already has over 22 GI-tagged products—the Sri Kalahasti Kalamkari art, Kondapalli toys, Machilipatnam Kalamkari art, Buditi Bell and Brass Craft, Leather Puppetry, Uppada Jamdani sarees, Tirupathi laddu, Guntur Sannam Chilli, Venkatagiri sarees, Bobbili veena, Mangalagiri sarees and fabrics and Dharmavaram handloom silk sarees and paavadas.
Karnataka, with 32, tops the list of states which have secured the GI tag for their unique products, followed by Tamil Nadu (24), Andhra (22) and Kerala (20).
Some well-known GI products from India include Darjeeling tea, Tirupati laddu, Muga silk from Assam, Goa’s Feni, Kashmir’s Pashmina wool, Mysore Agarbatti, Bangalore Blue Grapes, Alleppey Coir and Malabar Pepper.