Good News For Odisha As Kandhamal Haldi Gets Geographical Indication Tag

01 April 2019


Bhubaneswar: In a good news to Odisha, Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric) was awarded with a Geographical Indication (GI) tag today. Reportedly, its registration was moved by Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing.

The proposal was accepted under sub-section (1) of Section 13 of Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Kandhamal Haldi is well-known for its healing and cosmetic properties. Apart from domestic use, it is the main cash crop of tribal people in Kandhamal.

Other popular products from Odisha have already received the GI tag. These include Kotpad’s handloom fabric, Ikat saree, Pipili appliqué, Pattachitra, Konark stonework among other things.

GI tag is name or sign used on certain products which correspond to specific geographical location or origin. The tag enables authenticates stakeholders to the items' production while earning a premium and derive an improved livelihood.