Recently, Mushkbudji Rice received (GI) Tag
- This is a small, yet robust aromatic rice variety cultivated in the elevated stretches of the Kashmir valley.
- Once prepared, the rice stands apart with its distinctive amalgamation of flavors, fragrance, and opulent sensory attributes.
- Its cultivation is predominantly confined to the regions of Sagam, Panzgam, and Soaf Shali within the expanse of Anantnag district, as well as the sprawling Beerwah vicinity in the Budgam district.
- The indulgence in aromatic rice within the bounds of Kashmir has been reserved for noteworthy moments, such as ceremonial unions and festive commemorations.
Geographical Indication (GI):
- GI stands as a distinctive marker utilized to designate goods endowed with distinct attributes originating from specific geographical realms.
- The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999 aspires to establish a framework for the registration and enhanced safeguarding of geographical indications affiliated with commodities within India.
- This enactment finds its guidance and governance under the aegis of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
- Within the spectrum of Intellectual Property, it was resolved and underscored in Articles 1 (2) and 10 of the Paris Convention that the fortification of both industrial property and geographical indications assumes the mantle of vital components.
Validity and Significance:
- The tenure of this designation extends over a decade, following which renewal is conceivable. This label carries substantial importance. Once a product attains this name, no individual or entity can peddle a resembling item under the same appellation.
- Securing GI registration puts a legal bulwark and stops unauthorized exploitation by external parties.
- The GI tag propels export opportunities for the item. Moreover, it imparts a sense of reassurance to consumers, affirming the authenticity of the product.