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Reference news: Andhra Pradesh’s Banganapalle mango gets Geographical Indication tag

The Banganapalle mango has received the geographical indication (GI) tag, making Andhra Pradesh the owner of the variety that originates in its Kurnool district.

The Registrar of Geographical Indications Registry (RGIR) granted Banganapalle the GI status on a six-year-old application from Andhra Pradesh’s horticulture department.

The Banganapalle mango is one the most preferred varieties of the fruit in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The application for the GI tag was made in 2011, prior to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014 to create Telangana.

While originating primarily from the Banganapalle, Paanyam and Nandyal mandals (administrative units) of Kurnool district, the fruit is also cultivated in parts of other districts like Chittoor and Kadapa.

The mango variety is vegetatively propagated to get the ‘true-to-type’ variety.

Only 1% of the total yield is presently exported because farmers are satisfied with domestic sales.

About the Geographical Indication (GI) tag

Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a type of intellectual property right. It is intended to identify a natural product or a product of traditional origin which owes its uniqueness to a specific location or to a specific method of traditional production. Once Geographical Indication (GI) tag awarded to a product, then the same nomenclature cannot be used for the same product by anyone else if it is originating at a different location.

A geographical indication (GI) is thus a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

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About the Geographical Indication (GI) tag

Why does the GI need to be recognized?

Legal position globally

Legal position in India

Some examples from India

Significance of GI registration