With COVID-19 sweeping across the region, the farmers of Kandhamal Haldi have been left high and dry as procurement of the condiment has been badly affected by the pandemic.
Though Kandhamal saw a bumper yield this year, less than 20% of raw turmeric has been sold so far, leaving the rest of the produce with the farmers.
About ‘Kandhamal Haldi’
- With more than 60% of the geographical area covered with hills and forest, Kandhamal offers ideal conditions for cultivation of various spices including turmeric, ginger, mustard and tamarind.
- ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ for which GI tag has been received is a pure organic product. Tribals grow the tuber without applying fertiliser or pesticide. The aromatic value and golden yellow colour of ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ make it stand out from the rest.
- The cultivation begins in the summer months of April and May.
- The tuber is harvested during December to February. The raw turmeric is then boiled and sun-dried.
- It was accorded a ‘GI Tag’ last year.
About Geographical Indication (GI) Tag –
- A geographical indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. GI tags are given on the basis of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act,1999.
- Geographical Indications are covered as a component of intellectual property rights (IPRs) under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. At the International level, GI is governed by the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
- GI tag secures the quality and authenticity of a product to a particular geographical origin.
- It provides legal protection from duplication.
- The first product to get GI tag was Darjeeling Tea.