News:Geographical Indication Registry of India has accorded Geographical Indication(GI) tag to Manipur Black Rice and Gorakhpur Terracotta.
Manipur Black Rice:
- Black rice locally known as chakhao is grown in the plains and hills of Manipur.It owes its colour to natural black pigments called anthocyanins.
- It is normally eaten during community feasts and is served as ChakHao kheer.
- The rice is a source of iron, vitamin E and antioxidants and is used as a traditional medicine.
- The terracotta work of Gorakhpur is a centuries old traditional art form, where the potters make various animal figures like, horses, elephants, camel, goat and ox with hand applied ornamentation.
- Terracotta:It is a type of ceramic craft.It is made by baking terracotta clay and is often used for making pipes, bricks and sculptures.
Geographical Indication Tag:
- It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
- The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act,1999 provides registration and also protection of GI goods in India.
- The act is administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and trademarks under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- Recent GI Tags: Green and White Tea- Darjeeling, Srivilliputhur palkova – Tamil Nadu, Dindigul lock- Tamil Nadu, Kandangi saree- Tamil Nadu, Tirur Vettila- Kerala, Tawlhlohpuan – Mizoram, Mizo Puanchei – Mizoram, Palani panchamirtham- Tamil Nadu, Kandhamal Haldi – Odisha among others.