GI Tag to White Onion


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    • Alibag’s white onion gets GI tagged, to benefit farmers as white onion will get premium price.


    • With its picturesque beaches, Alibag, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, is one of the popular tourist spots. 
      • This historic place will be now recognized for Geographical Indication (GI) tagged white onion.
    •  The GI for this onion, characterised by its sweetness, has been accepted.
    • The GI tag gives a unique identity to the white onion, which has medicinal qualities and is being cultivated in a traditional way for a long time
      • Farmers will directly get benefits as the white onion will get the premium price because of the GI tag.

    What is a Geographical Indication (GI)?

    • 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. 
    • In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.
    • It is a part of the intellectual property rights that comes under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
    • In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999. 
    • Items Covered: Agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products.