Pakistan will challenge India in the EU over the GI tag of Basmati Rice.
Pakistan, who trying to violet the ceasefire on the border on daily basis, is now preparing to confront India with the Basmati rice. The Pakistani government has decided to challenge India’s application of the Special Geographical Indicator (GI) tag for basmati in the European Union. The decision was taken on Monday in a meeting chaired by Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commercial Affairs.
The reason for Pakistan’s objection.
India has said that Basmati is a product of Indian origin. This was published in the European Union’s official magazine on 11 September. Pakistan enacted the Geographical Indicators (Registration and Protection) Act in March this year, which gives it the right to oppose the Indian application for registration of specific rights on Basmati rice.
But, actually What is the GI tag..?
GI Tag means a Geographical Indication for a particular product. This tag is associated with agricultural products that are produced in a particular area with special quality and flavors. Products of a region get special recognition from the GI tag.
Who gets the GI tag, what is the benefit of this tag?
After getting the GI tag, the price, and importance of the particular product increase in the international market. The prospect of increased exports and tourism with the addition of GI tags makes farmers and artisans financially stronger. Before giving a GI tag to any particular product, its quality, variety, and yield are thoroughly tested. It is decided that the highest and original yield of that particular item is determined by the country or state.
These products of India have received the GI tag
So far, over 300 Indian products have received GI tags, including Chanderi saris, Kanjeevaram sarees, Darjeeling tea, and Malihabadi mangoes. Many products, including Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Banarasi Sarees, Kolhapuri Slippers, Laddu of Tirupati, Kadaknath Cock of Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh), have got GI tag. Orange in Nagpur and Pashmina in Kashmir are also the products of GI identity.