King of mangoes Alphonso gets GI tag

By Business Of Agriculture on 13 Oct 2018 | read

King of mangoes �Alphonso� gets GI tag The government has granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the Alphonso Mango from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and other adjoining areas in Maharashtra, a move that will help identify the authenticity of this variety of fruit. 

A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. 

�Such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to its origin in that defined geographical locality,� commerce and industry ministry said in a release on Friday. 

The king of mangoes, Alphonso, better known as �Hapus� in Maharashtra, is in demand in domestic and international markets for its taste, pleasant fragrance and vibrant colour. 

�It has long been one of the world's most popular fruit and is exported to various countries including Japan, Korea and Europe,� the ministry said. New markets such as the US and Australia have recently opened up.The first product to get a GI tag in India was the Darjeeling tea in 2004. There are a total of 325 products from India that carry this indication including Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Banarasi Sarees and Tirupati Laddus.

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