Geographical Indication Tag granted for Five Indian Coffee Varieties
Trademarkclick .com 11 Apr 2019

Geographical Indication Tag granted for Five Indian Coffee Varieties

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has recently awarded GI Tag to Five Indian Coffee Varieties namely Coorg Arabica coffee from Karnataka, Wayanad Robusta coffee from Kerala, Chikmaglur Arabica from Karnataka, Araku Valley Arabica from Andhra Pradesh, and Bababudangiris Arabica coffee from Karnataka. A Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin, for example, a town, region, or country. This is expected to help the coffee farmers to get the maximum price for their premium produce.

Araku Coffee is produced by the Tribal in Andhra Pradesh and they follow an organic approach in which they focus on practices that involve substantial use of organic manures, green manuring and organic pest management practices, this information was provided by the ministry. Bababudangiris Arabica coffee is a selectively hand-picked and processed by natural fermentation.

In India, coffee is cultivated in about 4.54 lakh hectare by 3.66 lakh coffee farmers of which 98 per cent are small farmers. Due to the geographical conditions, coffee cultivation is mainly done in the southern states of India including Karnataka, which accounts for 54 per cent of the total production. It is followed by Kerala (19 per cent), Tamil Nadu (eight per cent). It is also grown in non-traditional areas such as Andhra Pradesh and Odisha (17.2 per cent) and North East states (1.8 per cent).

The only country in the world where the entire coffee cultivation is grown under shade in India, the coffee beans are hand-picked and sun-dried, it said that our country produces some of the best coffee in the world which is grown in the two major bio-diversity hotspots in the world by tribal farmers in the Western and Eastern Ghats. Indian coffee is sold as premium coffee in Europe and highly valued in the world market.

“The recognition and protection that comes with GI certification will allow the coffee producers of India to invest in maintaining the specific qualities of the coffee grown in that particular region. It will also enhance the visibility of Indian coffee in the world and allow growers to get the maximum price for their premium coffee,” Ministry added.

GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin like Darjeeling Tea, Tirupathi Laddu, Kangra Paintings, Nagpur Orange and Kashmir Pashmina are among the registered GIs in India. Experts said that award of GI tag gives protection to the producer of those genuine products, which commands premium pricing in the markets both domestic and international.

“Once the GI protection is granted, no other producer can misuse the name to market similar products. It also provides comfort to customers about the authenticity of that product,” National Intellectual Property Organisation (NIPO) President T.C. James said. “Such products also get premium pricing in the markets, he added.

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