GI TAG (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Government Policies)

News-CRUX-10     7th October 2023        
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Context: Recently, Churpi was granted the Geographical Indication tag, and in a similar vein, two other distinctive products from the state, Khaw Tai (Khamti rice) and Tangsa textile, have also secured GI certifications.

Yak Churpi

  • Origin: Churpi is a dairy product crafted from the milk of the native Arunachali yak breed.
  • Brokpas: This dairy product is produced by Brokpas, a group of tribal yak pastoralists. They follow a seasonal migration pattern, taking their yaks to high-altitude areas (10,000 ft and higher) during summers.
  • Yak Habitat: The distinctive Arunachali yak breed is primarily found in the West Kameng and Tawang districts of the state.

Khaw Tai Rice

  • About: The Khaw Tai rice variety is a sticky rice type grown in the Namsai region, primarily by traditional Khampti tribal farmers.
  • Khautoum: When Khaw Tai rice is steamed, rolled, and wrapped in a leaf, it is known as khautoum. A related variation is the ball-shaped khautek, made by roasting sticky Khaw Tai rice mixed with molasses. 

Tangsa Tribe Textile Products

  • The textile products crafted by the Tangsa tribe in Changlang district are renowned for their unique designs and vibrant colors.

GI Tag

  • About: It is a symbol used on items that come from a particular geographical area and have qualities or a reputation linked to that place of origin.
  • Nodal Ministry: Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Tenure: 10 Years
  • Regulated By: Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999.
  • India’s First GI Product: Darjeeling Tea (2004-05)
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