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Madhya Pradesh denied GI tag for basmati, will need to find new name for its rice
Mar 20, 2018

MADHYA PRADESH has lost its claim to market rice under the basmati tag, with the Geographical Indications (GI) Registry issuing an order excluding the state from the area officially demarcated for cultivation of this aromatic paddy variety.
Farmers in MP can continue growing the premium rice, but it cannot be called basmati. The GI certification rights for basmati cultivation will be limited only to seven states in the Indo-Gangetic plains on the foothills of Himalayas: Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh (west) and two districts of Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu and Kathua), a top official from the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) told The Indian Express.
MP principal secretary (agriculture), Rajesh Rajora, said the state government would challenge the GI Registry’s order in the Madras High Court Monday. Many facts submitted by us have not been taken into consideration, he said.
The Chennai-based Registry operates under the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks.
The APEDA, a statutory body under the Union Commerce Ministry, had in November 2008 filed an application for GI registration of basmati grown in the seven states. However, in December 2013, the GI Registry asked APEDA to also include MP, Rajasthan and other states where basmati varieties are grown, and submit an amended application. This was challenged by APEDA, which filed an appeal in February 2014 before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).

Indian express