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Alphonso mango gets Geographical Indication tag

Published on October 07, 2018
Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry and Intellectual Property India has granted Alphonso Mango from 5 districts of Maharashtra- Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
Alphonso mango gets Geographical Indication tag
  • These five districts Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane and Raigad are from western Konkan coastal region of the State.
  • With this recognition, Alphonso has joined the list of 325 products from India with GI tag.

About Alphonso mango:

  • Alphonso, better known as 'Hapus' in Maharashtra is considered as the king of mangoes. 
  • It is best known for its taste and also for pleasant fragrance and vibrant colour. 
  • It is in demand in domestic and international markets.
  • It has long been one of world's most popular fruits and is exported to various countries including Japan, Korea, Europe, US and Australia.

About Geographical Indication (GI):

  • GI is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • It is primarily given to agricultural, natural and manufactured goods having special quality and established reputation.
  • The goods and products having the tag are recognised for their origin, quality and reputation and gives it the required edge in global market.
  • It also ensures that none can use their name, giving them exclusivity.
  • GI is covered as an element of intellectual property rights (IPRs) under Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property.
  • At the international level, GI is governed by WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
  • In India, GI tag Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 governs it.
  • This Act is administered by Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, who is also the Registrar of Geographical Indications and is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. 
  • It comes under Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The registration of GI is valid for 10 years after which it needs to be renewed. 
  • Violation of GI tags is a punishable offence under law.
  • The purpose of GI tag enables stakeholders to authenticate their production while earning a premium and derive an improved livelihood.
  • The first GI in India was given to Darjeeling tea in 2004. 
  • Tirupathi Laddu, Kangra Paintings, Nagpur Orange and Kashmir Pashmina are among registered GIs in India.
  • Karnataka tops with 38 GI products, followed by Maharashtra which has 33 GI products.
  • Tamil Nadu comes third with 25 GI products.


Q. Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry and Intellectual Property India has granted which fruit from 5 districts of Maharashtra- Geographical Indication (GI) tag?
a. Dussehri Mango
b. Alphonso Mango
c. Sindoori Mango
d. None of the above

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