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  • Geographical Indication (GI) Tag awarded to 5 agricultural products of Kerala.
    • Attappady Attukombu Avara (beans)
    • Attappady Thuvara (red gram)
    • Onattukara Ellu (sesame)
    • Kanthalloor-Vattavada Veluthulli (garlic)
    • Kodungalloor Pottuvellari (snap melon)
  • With the latest five GIs, 17 agricultural products of Kerala have received GI status.



  • Attappady Attukombu Avara (beans)
    • It is curved like a goat’s horn.
    • Its higher anthocyanin content compared to other dolichos beans imparts violet colour in the stem and fruits.
    • It is helpful against cardiovascular diseases along with its anti-diabetic properties.
    • Calcium, protein, and fibre content are also high in them.
    • The higher phenolic content imparts resistance against pests and diseases, making the crop suitable for organic cultivation.
  • Attappady Thuvara (red gram)
    • Compared to other red grams, its seeds are bigger and have higher seed weights.
    • This is rich in protein, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium and magnesium.
  • Onattukara Ellu (sesame)
    • Its oil is famous for its unique health benefits.
    • The relatively higher antioxidant content helps in fighting the free radicals, which destroy the body cells.
    • The high content of unsaturated fat makes it beneficial for heart patients.
  • Kanthalloor-Vattavada Veluthulli (garlic)
    • Compared to garlic produced in other areas, it contains a higher amount of sulphides, flavonoids, and proteins.
    • It is rich in allicin, which is effective against microbial infections, blood sugar, cancer, cholesterol, heart diseases, and damage to blood vessels.
    • It is also rich in essential oil.
  • Kodungalloor Pottuvellari (snap melon)
    • It is consumed as juice and in other forms.
    • It contains a high amount of Vitamin C.
    • Calcium, magnesium, fibre and fat content are also high in it.


About Geographical Indications (GI)

  • Geographical Indications (GIs) products include agricultural, natural, manufactured goods, foodstuffs and handicrafts.
  • GIs are the products that are originated or manufactured in a specific territory, region, or locality.
  • There are currently 432 GIs registered products in India.
  • To function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place. EX- Darjeeling tea.
  • India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, of 1999 which came into force with effect in September 2003.
  • In 2004, Darjeeling Tea was the first Indian product to get the geographical indication tag.
  • Geographical Indication tags in India are valid for 10 years following which they can be renewed.
  • The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry launched the logo and tagline for the Geographical Indications (GI) of India.

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