Ten horticultural crops from the Northeast region have got geographical indication (GI) tags in 2015. Now North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC) has got seven more products lined up for getting GI tag.
NERAMAC has applied for four products to get GI including black rice and black cherry from Manipur, Burmese grape (leteku) from Assam and Ou Tenga(Assam elephant apple).
The other three products are Zo (Mizoram) banana, Tripura jackfruit and Naga cucumber.
NERAMAC is a central government undertaking.
The ten horticulture products which had already got GI tags are Arunachal orange, Tezpur litchi from Assam, Assam Karbi Anglong ginger, Kachai lemon from Manipur, Memang Narang from Meghalaya, Khasi Mandarin from Meghalaya, Mizo Chilli, Naga tree tomato, Sikkim large cardamom, Tripura queen pineapple have already got a GI tag.
Geographical indication is given to identify agricultural, natural or manufactured goods, which possess certain special qualities or characteristics based on the climatic or production conditions unique to a geographical location. Geographical registration is an initiative to preserve and promote the bio diversity of the region and it also helps farmers secure better remuneration for their produce.