Oct 24, 2018
Shahi Litchi which is grown in five regions of Bihar viz Champaran, Begusarai, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, and Samastipur has been given Geographical Indication (GI) Tag making the fruit fourth food product to be given the identity tag, the other three being Jardalu mango, Katarni rice and Maghai paan (Maghai Betel leaf). The identification of GI tag presented to Shahi Litchi comes straight from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
“GI is an exclusive recognition given to a particular product. Shahi Litchi of Bihar is a one-of-its-kind variant from the state,” said Vishal Nath, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Litchi, Bihar while addressing the media. “The tag will improve the demand for the fruit and reduce the fear of fake and poor-quality litchis. The GI tag for the fruit will help and benefit thousands of litchi growers, who will gain access to more markets and get better price in the country and overseas.”
The registration for the GI tag was made in the name of Muzaffarpur-based Litchi Growers’ Association of Bihar. The stated five regions and the surrounding areas can claim for GI for the litchi said the report. The report also reveals that Bihar produces 40 per cent of country’s litchi and is grown in 35 percent of the cultivated orchards.
“After the process was completed, details of the product were published in June under the patent rights in the Government of India’s Geographical Indication journal. They were open to objections for a period of three months. No objection was received within the said period. We are happy that the variant has got recognition,” added Nath.